Restore Stability and Relieve Back Pain with Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion from Dr. Bidiwala
Aproximately 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain during their lifetime. It is extremely common, especially after periods of overexertion or heavy or improper lifting. However, if you experience dibilitating back pain that lasts for more than 72 hours, or if you experience numbness, tingling, limb weakness, bowel or bladder problems or unexplained weight loss, it could signal a more serious condition.
Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spinal fusion can provide relief for several conditions
If you suffer from chronic and severe lower back pain, and traditional nonsurgical treatments have proven ineffective, you may need a minimally invasive lumbar fusion. Conditions commonly treated by minimally invasive lumbar fusion include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors
Types of minimally invasive lumbar fusion
Lumbar fusion procedures are performed to restore strength and stability to the lower spine by joining two or more vertebrae with a bone graft. For the graft, bone can be taken from your hip, harvested from donor bone or manufactured. It is then implanted on either side of the spine using screws and rods. This procedure is designed to stop the motion, and therefore the pain, between two or more vertebrae. There are several types of spinal fusion surgery options. Dr. Shaad Bidiwala recommends and performs only minimally invasive surgeries using the latest instrumentation:
- Posterolateral lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) Using two small, one-inch incisions on either side of the lower spine, your neurosurgeon can perform the bone removal, disc removal, interbody fusion and screw insertion.
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) This procedure is similar to the PLIF, however the disc space is fused by approaching the spine through the abdomen, instead of the lower back. Unlike PLIF, this procedure does not require the muscles or nerves to be cut or retracted, which may reduce postoperative recovery time.
- Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) In this procedure, the bone graft is inserted through the side of the body, which does not require as much manipulation of the nerve roots inside the spine. This approach significantly reduces the risk of scarring or damaging nerve roots.
- Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) For this procedure two small incisions will be made; each approximately two inches from the midline. The entire procedure from bone and disc removal to interbody fusion and screw insertion will be performed through these incisions.