PLIF – Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery & Recovery
Leg or back pain caused by degenerative disc disease can be chronic and debilitating, often going on for years before a proper treatment is found to provide more long lasting relief. This type of pain can make carrying out everyday tasks such as walking, sitting, or working difficult, leading to a lower quality of life for all those suffering from it.
At Axis Brain & Back Institute, we understand the problems this can cause for you. Too many people have suffered for years, wondering if they would ever get to live their dreams and experience life on their own terms. If this sounds like you, our minimally invasive surgeries such as Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) can help you get back to living a normal life without the chronic pain.
Our minimally invasive surgeries lead to shorter recovery time, less pain, and less scarring compared to more traditional procedures. Get BACK@IT and schedule your free MRI review today with Dr. Aryan, who will also go through your medical history to find the right treatment for you. We believe in crafting an individualized plan to help get you better.
About Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
In degenerative disc disease, the diseased disc impacts the surrounding nerves, creating instability in the spine because of the lack of support for the vertebrae above and below the disc. The PLIF procedure stabilizes the spine by fusing the vertebrae together with bone graft material, relieving the pressure and helping ease the pain.
The surgeon will access the damaged disc through an incision in the back, partially removing parts of the disc to relieve the pain, leaving behind part of the disc wall to help contain bone graft material. Bone grafts are placed to re-align the vertebral bones, releasing any pressure that had been experienced due to the damaged discs. The bone grafts will grow through and around implants, creating a bone bridge and fusing the vertebrae.
Our minimally invasive surgeries result in shorter recovery times to get you back on your feet. A high accuracy rate in diagnosing and fixing the problem is just one reason we have such a high patient recommendation rate. Contact us today to learn more about the PLIF and if it could be the right solution for you.
Symptoms Helped by Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Those experiencing degenerative disc diseases will often have different symptoms based on their medical history, the severity of the problem, and the area where the nerves are affected. However, there are a few common symptoms which typically experience relief after a PLIF procedure.
– Radiating pain – Leg and/or back pain is very common in patients suffering from degenerative disc diseases, due to the compression of the nerves around the damaged disc area. The pressure can cause chronic discomfort, especially when using those areas of the body.
– Problems with comfortable sleep – Because of the chronic pain, patients often have trouble getting good sleep while suffering from degenerative disc disease, which can be helped by relieving the pressure placed on the nerves.
– Numbness and tingling – Because of problems sending nerve signals to the correct areas, numbness and tingling sensations can be felt in the affected areas.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or pain, contact Dr. Aryan and our staff today to get you started on the road to recovery. Schedule your free MRI review so that we can find out what the problem is, and how to treat it. Don’t let pain control your life, get BACK@IT!