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ANTERIOR LUMBAR
INTERBODY FUSION - A
BASIC INTRODUCTION
Dr. Michael Thomas, Neurosurgeon
Introduction
 A neurosurgeon focused on minimally invasive spinal surgery,
Dr. Michael Thomas completed his spine fellows...
Anterior Lumbar Interbody
Fusion
 This allows the surgeon more direct access to the disc
without interfering with the ner...
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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion - A Basic Introduction

A neurosurgeon focused on minimally invasive spinal surgery, Dr. Michael Thomas completed his spine fellowship at the University of Miami Spine Institute. There, Dr. Michael Thomas worked with techniques for anterior lumbar interbody fusion, which he recently spoke on at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) Section for Spine and Peripheral Nerve.

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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion - A Basic Introduction

  1. 1. ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION - A BASIC INTRODUCTION Dr. Michael Thomas, Neurosurgeon
  2. 2. Introduction  A neurosurgeon focused on minimally invasive spinal surgery, Dr. Michael Thomas completed his spine fellowship at the University of Miami Spine Institute. There, Dr. Michael Thomas worked with techniques for anterior lumbar interbody fusion, which he recently spoke on at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) Section for Spine and Peripheral Nerve. A form of spinal fusion surgery, the anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure addresses lower back pain via removal of the intervertebral disc. This fixes the surrounding vertebrae in place and interferes with the motion that may be causing or contributing to the patient's discomfort. In an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, the surgeon enters the area via an incision in the patient's left abdomen.
  3. 3. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion  This allows the surgeon more direct access to the disc without interfering with the nerves, which can block the surgical site in a posterior approach. The surgeon begins by removing the intervertebral disc and replacing it with a spacer made of bone, metal, or plastic. Most such spacers include graft material that encourages the surrounding vertebrae to grow together, thus transforming multiple movable bones into a single bone structure. In some cases, the surgeon may reinforce this single structure through the addition of screws or a plate. Most patients can walk within 24 hours and can leave the hospital within three days of surgery. Prescribed exercises aid in recovery over the course of the following few weeks, during which time results may begin to be noticeable.

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