The videos listed will acquaint you with the various types of IBF (interbody fusion) approaches, including anterior, posterior, transforminal and axial. A lumbar interbody fusion may be performed through a minimally invasive surgery approach known as AxiaLIF (Trans1).
In all cases, the damaged disc is removed, releasing the pressure on the affected nerve(s) and relieving the pain. The space created by removing the disc is replaced with bone graft material, sometimes through the use of interbody cages or rods. The bone graph may be self-donated by the patient, or come from a bone donor.
The bone graft fusion provides the immobilization necessary and therefore replaces the metal rods and screws of traditional spinal fusion, as well as post-operative back braces.
ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (ALIF)
The traditional approach for lumbar spinal fusions, ALIF is accomplished with the surgeon accessing the lower back through abdominal incision.
POSTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (PLIF)
Accomplished by surgical incision in the back, PLIF requires the surgeon to move the back muscles out of the way in order to gain access to the spine.
TRANSFORMINAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (TLIF)
With this technique, the surgeon goes through the back to access the disc space, but inserts the bone graft from the side.
AXIAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (AXIALIF)
As a minimally invasive surgery, AxiaLIF requires only a small incision beside the coccyx, or tailbone, without cutting through any major muscles, tendons or nerves.