Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

An anterior/posterior lumbar interbody fusion is a procedure that takes place first through the lower abdomen and then through the back. A vascular surgeon assists your surgeon to make a lower abdominal incision and expose the front of the spine. The disc material between two vertebrae is removed and a spacer containing either bone from your pelvis, cadaver or other biologics, is put in its place, which stimulates bone growth in this area. The anterior incision is then closed and you are repositioned for the posterior approach. Two small incisions are made on the right and left sides and then dilators are used to expand the surrounding muscle and expose the operative site. Screws and rods are used to stabilize the bones. If needed, any structures, such as bony overgrowth or tissues that are compressing on the nerves are removed. Intraoperative fluoroscopy, or x-ray, is used throughout the procedure to ensure proper placement of the spacer and hardware

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