How painful is Alif surgery?
ALIF is a very well tolerated procedure, and typically is associated with less pain and a faster recovery than spinal fusion surgery performed from the back of the spine. It allows placement of a much larger cage than other types of spinal fusion, which provides more stability and has a higher chance of fusing solidly.
How long does it take to recover from Alif surgery?
The ALIF is performed in a hospital setting. Patients typically go home a day or two after surgery; recovery takes 6 to 12 weeks.
What is anterior cervical laminectomy?
A cervical laminectomy is an operation done from the back of the neck to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. It involves carefully removing the bony roof (or laminae) of the spinal canal, as well as any soft tissue which may also be causing compression.
How long does PLIF surgery take?
The total surgery time is approximately 3 to 6 hours, depending on the number of spinal levels involved.
Do you lose weight after back surgery?
Body weight change following lumbar surgery in overweight patients varied between the two included studies. One study reported 6% of patients lost weight 34 months following lumbar surgery, while 35% gained body weight. A second study reported 40% lost weight while 41% gained weight 20 months post surgery.
How do you sleep after Alif surgery?
It is generally OK after back surgery to sleep in whatever position is most comfortable. Some prefer to sleep on one side or the other with a pillow between their knees and/or behind them to support the back.
How bad is the pain after spinal fusion surgery?
After surgery, pain is no longer achy and arthritic but stems from wound healing, swelling and inflammation. You will experience some pain outside of the hospital. For most back surgeries, it will take 1-1.5 months to resume “normal” mobility and function. During this time, pain should be tolerable and controlled.
Does a spinal fusion last forever?
The results of a fusion are permanent. When the bones fuse as intended, it changes the natural mobility of your spine, affecting the area around the surgical site and in various body parts as well.
What is the recovery time for a cervical laminectomy?
Recovery from a posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion surgery takes 8-12 weeks for the bones to heal, but patients continue to heal for up to a year after surgery. When can I return to work and/or my activities? Walking is highly encouraged, immediately after surgery and throughout your post operative period.
How successful is PLIF surgery?
In general, the success rates of PLIF and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedures are high, with reported arthrodesis rates between 77% and 100% .
What is spondylodesis (spondylolisthesis)?
Spinal Fusion (Spondylodesis) is surgery to relieve the pain caused by unstable vertebrae in the human spine (Spondylolisthesis). This surgery is a spinal fusion surgery: It is required in cases of severe instability of the spine. In these patients the vertebrate bodies start to slip causing chronic back pain and symptoms of nerve compression.
Is spondylodesis necessary for displaced L5 and S1 vertebrae?
The L5 and the S1 vertebrae are clearly displaced. If this radiological finding is combined with severe symptoms such as chronic back pain and reduced mobility a spinal fusion surgery (spondylodesis) might be the only treatment strategy left.
What is vertebral fusion surgery (spondylodesis)?
Vertebral Fusion Surgery (Spondylodesis) as therapy for Spondylolisthesis (instability of vertebral spine) The fusion surgery of vertebrate bodies to stabilize displaced vertebrae has a long history. The human spine is designed to be mobile and elastic in every segment.
Is thoracoscopic anterior spondylodesis effective for burst fractures of thoracolumbar spine?
Background: Minimally invasive, thoracoscopic anterior spondylodesis (MIAS) is an established treatment for burst fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. Good restoration of the local sagittal alignment and good functional results have been reported.