Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
An Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is an operation done on the anterior (frontal) region of the spine. The objective of the ALIF procedure is to help two or more bones firmly fuse together into one bone. In order to aid with this objective, the surgeon may use fusion cages, screws filled with bone graft. The ALIF procedure is performed on individuals suffering from a problem disc, disc herniation or other similar problems.
ALIF is a common spinal fusion technique and is sometimes combined with a posterior approach in order to provide stable fixation of the spine. During ALIF surgery, the spine is reached by retracting the abdominal muscle and peritoneum (large sack which contains abdominal contents). ALIF surgery allows for the back and nerves to be left intact.