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Post Care of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Dr. Michael Thomas is a neurosurgeon with a focus on minimally invasive spinal surgery. Currently practicing in the Yakima, Washington, area at Cascade Neurosurgical Associates where he is the attending neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Thomas recently spoke at the AANS/CNS Section for Spine and Peripheral Nerve in Phoenix on the topic of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion.

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Post Care of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  1. 1. Dr. Michael Thomas, Neurosurgeon
  2. 2.  Dr. Michael Thomas is a neurosurgeon with a focus on minimally invasive spinal surgery. Currently practicing in the Yakima, Washington, area at Cascade Neurosurgical Associates where he is the attending neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Thomas recently spoke at the AANS/CNS Section for Spine and Peripheral Nerve in Phoenix on the topic of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a type of spinal fusion and a widely available surgical technique. ALIF is completed by accessing the spinal region through the front or abdomen of a patient, rather than through the back.
  3. 3.  Generally utilized when spinal pain can be accurately diagnosed to a specific spot, spinal fusion surgery corrects issues with bones in the vertebrae by fusing the affected bones together. Following the ALIF procedure, recovery typically includes forms of physical and occupational therapy. Although ALIF surgery allows patients to leave the hospital in three to four days, patients are required to avoid bending at the waist, lifting heavy objects, or twisting excessively for up to six weeks following the operation. ALIF patients usually experience quicker recovery times than those that require posterior spinal surgery, which requires a longer hospital stay.

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