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,
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,
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Cervical discectomy procedures are performed to relieve the pressure on nerves from a herniated disc. A disc herniates when the outer portion of the disc ruptures and some of the softer disc nucleus material squeezes out. The herniated disc pushes against the spinal cord or spinal nerves and causes pain in the neck or arms.