A spinal fusion, also referred to as spondylodesis, is a surgical procedure that specializes in joining two or more vertebrae together. The primary objective is to eliminate pain caused by abnormal functioning vertebrae. A surgeon uses bone tissue to fuse the vertebrae together.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we utilize all options to relieve pain as quickly as possible. Using state-of-the art technologies, minimally invasive techniques, and providing the best treatments, Dr. Burak Ozgur works with each individual patient to design an appropriate care plan.
A spinal fusion surgery involves two different kinds:
- Posterolateral fusion
- Interbody Fusion
An interbody fusion connects two vertebrae to the anterior (front) part of the spine. Within interbody fusions, there are three main approaches: XLIF, ALIF, and PLIF. The XLIF approach stands for eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion. This procedure requires the surgeon to access the intervertebral disc space from the side (lateral) to fuse together the lumbar spine (lower back).
An XLIF is not an option for all lower back conditions, may be used to treat lumbar spinal disorders such as degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, or spondylolisthesis. This minimally invasive spine surgery is primarily done to fuse vertebrae together, but has several other advantages including:
- Tissue repair
- Reduces blood loss
- Smaller scaring
- Quicker recovery time
An ALIF is another type of spinal fusion where the fusion is done through the abdomen instead of the side of the body. Typically, a vascular surgeon will need to be present during an ALIF to minimize the risk of major blood vessel damage.
Spinal fusion surgery is one of the last resorts to spine treatment. At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we recommend that our patients try conservative treatments before putting their bodies through a surgical intervention. For more information about spine conditions treated at our Center, call our office or visit us online.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
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