Specialized Lumbar Fusion Techniques at SpineMed Specialists
At SpineMed Specialists, located in Wichita, KS, we employ a range of specialized lumbar fusion techniques including Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF), Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF), and Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF), to treat a variety of complex spinal conditions.
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a procedure where the surgeon operates from the front (anterior) of the body to remove a disc that is causing pain or nerve compression and replaces it with a spacer (often containing bone graft material) to restore disc height and alignment. This technique is particularly effective for conditions like degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or recurrent disc herniation.
Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF) is performed from the side (lateral) of the body. It involves the removal of an affected disc and its replacement with a spacer, avoiding the larger muscles of the back. It’s often utilized for treating conditions like lumbar degenerative disc disease, lumbar stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is an approach where the surgeon operates from the back (posterior) of the body. The procedure involves removing the problematic disc and inserting a bone graft that eventually fuses with the adjacent vertebral bodies. TLIF can effectively treat conditions like spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, and recurrent disc herniation.
All of these procedures work by eliminating movement at the painful disc level, thus reducing associated discomfort and instability. The ultimate goal at SpineMed Specialists is to relieve pain and improve the patient’s quality of life in and around the Wichita, KS area. If you or a loved one are experiencing spinal discomfort, don’t hesitate—reach out to us today and let us guide you on the path to a pain-free life.