Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a spinal fusion procedure usually performed at L5/S1 or L4/5. 

It is carried out either via a transabdominal or lateral retroperitoneal approach. A discectomy is performed, an interbody spacer introduced and fixed in place with screws with or without a supporting plate (depending on the hardware design) 1

In some instances, the procedure needs to be combined with posterior instrumented fusion with pedicle screws and rods 1

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rID: 59950
System: Spine
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