AdobeStock 112903557Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. This procedure is done jointly with the neurosurgeon and a general surgeon.

The procedure is performed through an incision through the abdomen.  The damaged disc is removed and bone graft is placed in the empty disc space.  This realigns the vertebral bones, lifting the pressure from pinched nerve roots.  The bone graft will grow through and around the implants, forming a bone bridge that connects the vertebral bodies above and below, which is called a fusion.  The incision(s) are closed with sutures or surgical staples.