Your intervertebral discs provide cushioning and allow flexibility in your spine. A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a spine surgery to remove a damaged disc in your lower or lumbar spine. Your spine doctor performs the procedure from the back or posterior. After removing the diseased or damaged spinal disc, a top surgeon then performs a spinal fusion surgery to stabilize your spine.
The term interbody fusion refers to a technique for replacing your damaged disc with a bone spacer that helps maintain your normal height. For this procedure, the surgeon uses a posterior angle for the surgery. The bone fusion prevents the two joined vertebrae from moving, which limits your flexibility, but eliminates the chronic back pain you used to feel.
Millions of people suffer lower back pain, which reduces their quality of life by limiting their participation in their favorite activities. Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability. If you’re suffering, visit the spinal specialists at Premier Brain & Spine. They use the latest technology to perform PLIF and other delicate spinal surgeries, treating a wide range of spinal conditions, such as:
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion is rarely a first option. Any spinal fusion surgery is usually recommended after other treatments have failed to produce satisfactory results. A PLIF surgery addresses such conditions as:
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion is one of the most advanced spinal surgeries. It requires specialized skills and technology. Your doctor at the NY and NJ spine center at Premier Brain & Spine relies on advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment. The spine care center has nine NJ locations and one NY office to provide the best care for your back.
The exact steps of your PLIF procedure depends on your diagnosis. It takes approximately three to six hours. The main steps involved in this spinal surgery include:
This spinal procedure has a life-changing impact. After your bones fuse together, you can enjoy a pain-free life with a stable spine. Your spinal surgeon closely monitors the progress in the days, weeks and months following the surgery to make sure you’re healing properly.
Follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions carefully to give yourself the best chance of success. Some expectations during your recovery include:
If you’re suffering from persistent back pain that’s affecting your life, it’s time to take back control of your life. Contact the spinal specialists at Premier Brain & Spine for effective treatment of your spinal conditions.