Spinal Fusion: Lumbar Fusion
Intervertebral discs are gelatinous material that sit between the bones of our spinal column. Degeneration, heavy lifting, and trauma are just a few of the reasons discs can slip out of place or herniate. This can cause significant pain, numbness, and weakness in the back and legs particularly when the bones of the spine are unstable and shift. Our specially trained Neurosurgeons remove the posterior portion of the vertebral column, the lamina, to unroof the spinal canal. This allows the spinal cord and nerves to decompress resulting in improvement of the symptoms. Titanium rods, screws, and cages may be used to stabilize the lower spine. We offer different approaches including Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF), Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF), Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF), Extreme Lateral Interbody fusion (XLIF), Corpectomy, and more.