ALIF stands for anterior lumbar interbody fusion. The ALIF procedure is one of several different methods of spinal fusion. During spinal fusion surgery, a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft. The bone tissue of these vertebrae will continue to grow and permanently lock together. Spinal fusion limits the movement of the spine,
Spine fusion surgery is when a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft. The bone tissue will continue to grow and permanently lock the vertebrae together. A spine fusion limits movement of the spine, which may help to relieve back pain. And while the spine may not be as flexible as it was prior to the surgery,
Frequently asked questions about bone grafting
How big is the incision for a bone graft taken from my hip?
The incision for a bone graft can vary but is generally 1½ – 2 inches long.
Are there any alternatives to having a bone graft taken from my hip?
The alternatives to using a bone graft from the patient’s hip are to use local bone,
We’ve often found that recovery from spine surgery is the last thing on our patients’ minds, especially any preparations that will have to be made at home. Because of that, we try to bring it to their attention during pre-operative visits by asking questions. We’ll ask about the setup of their home. Is it a one-story or two-story home?
Cervical spine surgery is most often performed to treat spinal instability and/or spinal cord impingement and is reserved for patients whose symptoms are beyond treatment by physical therapy and medication.
The cervical spine is comprised of the seven vertebrae in your neck and their accompanying discs. The spinal discs provide cushion between the vertebrae,
Since we know that many of our patients have never undergone spine surgery, we try to always communicate what to expect before spine surgery. Please keep reading to discover what happens before your spine surgery at Nebraska Spine Hospital.
The purpose of the preoperative visit is to further prepare you for surgery,
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a great option for many patients. As opposed to open spine surgery, it can be faster, safer, and require less time for recovery. This type of surgery also limits the size of the incision and utilizes a microscopic video camera to gain access to the patient’s spine.
While minimally invasive spine surgery has been around since the 1980s,
The big day will be here before you know it: surgery day. This day is an important day and you’re likely feeling pretty anxious. Don’t worry, there are some things you can do to help prepare yourself for the best outcomes. Some of these things should happen far in advance while others can happen just a few days beforehand.