ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc diseases. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material. The anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is similar to the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), except that in the ALIF, the disc space is fused by […]

This minimally-invasive procedure treats spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis. It is designed to provide rapid back pain relief and help straighten the spine.

An intrathecal pump relieves chronic pain. It uses small amounts of medicine applied directly to the intrathecal space (the area surrounding the spinal cord) to prevent pain signals from being perceived by the brain. Pump candidates include people for whom conservative treatments have failed and surgery is not likely to help.

The X-STOP, which stands for “Interspinous Process Decompression System”, is a titanium implant that is inserted into the back at the lumbar spine segment that has symptomatic spinal stenosis (narrowing of the boney canal which can cause crowding of the nerve roots). The X-STOP implant is placed between the spinous processes in the back of […]

In this minimally-invasive procedure, the spinal nerve roots are decompressed and a metal devise is implanted to stabilize the spine and help relieve back problems from conditions such as spinal stenosis, spondylolithesis, and degenerative arthritis.

This procedure is used to implant specialized bolts through the facet joints of two or more vertebrae, locking the vertebrae together and stabilizing the spine. The US Spine Facet Fixation System™ uses smaller incisions than traditional open fusion surgery, allowing for less tissue damage, reduced blood loss, and shorter recovery time.

The CHARITÉ Artificial Disc (DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson and Johnson company), is composed of two metallic endplates and a polyethylene core that moves between them. During the surgery, the patient’s degenerated disc is removed and a pair of endplates made of cobalt chromium are inserted in the space between the vertebrae and attached to […]

In this minimally-invasive procedure, performed under general anesthesia, portions of a diseased or damaged disc in the lumbar spine are removed and a device is implanted to secure one or more vertebrae to the sacrum. It is generally used to treat back pain caused by degenerative disc between the lowest lumbar vertebra (called L5) and […]

While the ALIF is still a widely available spine fusion technique, this type of procedure is often combined with a posterior approach (anterior/posterior fusions) because of the need to provide more rigid fixation than an anterior approach alone provides.