Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a procedure performed to access the spine from the front, avoiding the nerves and moving organs and blood vessels to the side. Orange County orthopaedic surgeon Todd Peters, MD is highly experienced in ALIF and has completed numerous ALIF procedures.

Interbody fusion involves removing the intervertebral disk and implanting a metal, plastic, or bone spacer in between the two adjoining vertebrae. These spacers usually contain bone graft material to promote bone healing and facilitate the fusion. After the spacer is inserted, metal screws, plates, and rods are used to further stabilize the spine.

Conditions Treated by Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • Degenerative disc disease with instability
  • One or more fractured vertebrae
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abnormal curvatures of the spine, such as scoliosis or kyphosis
  • Protruding or degenerated discs
  • Spine instability

    Benefits of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • Minimally invasive
  • Muscles and nerves are left undisturbed
  • Larger implant canbe inserted for better stability of fusion
  • Less surgery time
  • Less blood loss and scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activity
    For more information about ALIF or to request an appointment with Orange County orthopaedic surgeon Todd Peters at (949) 383-4182.