POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF)

Enjoy rapid recovery for improved stability and decreased lumbar spine pain.

WHAT IS POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF)?

This minimally invasive procedure removes pain-causing spinal discs via the back of the patient’s body and replacing it with bone graft material allowing the bones to grow together. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is an effective method for fusing the lumbar spine. Patients that undergo this procedure generally achieve the intended decrease in pain, corrections of any spinal deformity, and improved stability. By approaching the posterior lumbar interbody fusion as a minimally invasive procedure there should be tissue trauma and post-operative pain, hospital stays are shorter, and patients can recover more quickly.

 

QUICK FACTS ABOUT POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF):

  • Posterior – surgeons take a back approach to operate on the lumbar spine
  • Minimally invasive procedure with faster expected recovery time
  • Pain relief and stability is often felt soon after surgery recovery

COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF):

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spinal Stenosis

 

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF)?

If you have symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or other forms of conservative care and positive diagnostic results, you may be a candidate for this procedure.

WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING

[Since my bulging disc correction] I haven't had pain in my leg at all and had only a little pain in my back from my surgery, but zero pain in my legs, the sciatica is gone.

Edward, age 55, bulging disc injury

Today my back and hip feel tremendous. My legs are still a bit weak, possibly from nerve damage that occurred prior to surgery. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times per week. I was back at work on November 15th, 3 weeks after surgery.

Robert, age 58,
history of disc herniation and previous surgeries

Nobody likes to be injured and neck surgery is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Massoud explained what needed to be done, which made me feel more comfortable. [Post-surgery] I felt great, and today the pain is completely gone.

Francisco, Age 48, Cervical Injury

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