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Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

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Spine problems may cause severe pain and discomfort. Degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and other back conditions may require spinal surgery to repair damage or reinforce the spine. Nevertheless, chronic lower back pain can disrupt normal activity and may gradually worsen over time. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), a minimally invasive surgery, is performed on the posterior spine where small incisions are made to enter the spinal cavity and fuse two vertebrae together using bone graft material. This technique has proven very successful for many chronic back pain sufferers. Talk to one of the highly qualified spine surgeons at Florida Hospital to find out if posterior lumbar interbody fusion is right for you. 

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Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a state-of-the-art minimally invasive spinal surgery that approaches the spine through the back (posterior) where bone graft material is placed between two adjacent vertebrae (interbody) to promote bone growth that attach together, or “fuses,” the two structures (fusion). This bone graft material functions as a bridge or scaffold to promote new bone growth. For the most part, the primary goal of this spinal procedure is to restore spinal stability.
 
This surgical technique enables the surgeon to make small incisions in the lower back, where the muscles surrounding the spine can be carefully pulled apart without cutting the tissue. Because of its minimally invasive nature, it preserves the surrounding muscles, blood vessels and minimizes scarring, compared to traditional spine surgery, which involves making a large incision to expose the spinal cavity. 
 
Surgeons at Florida Hospital are specialized in the latest surgical techniques and can utilize posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) to alleviate pain associated with several spinal conditions and injuries.
 
Spine problems may cause severe pain and discomfort. Degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and other back conditions may require spinal surgery to repair damage or reinforce the spine. Nevertheless, chronic lower back pain can disrupt normal activity and may gradually worsen over time. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), a minimally invasive surgery, is performed on the posterior spine where small incisions are made to enter the spinal cavity and fuse two vertebrae together using bone graft material. This technique has proven very successful for many chronic back pain sufferers. Talk to one of the highly qualified spine surgeons at Florida Hospital to find out if posterior lumbar interbody fusion is right for you. 

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