In an anterior interbody fusion (AIF), the surgeon gains access to the spine through the front of the body, usually with a large incision in the abdomen. The damaged intervertebral disc that is causing neural compression is removed, and in its place a bone graft is inserted. The graft and the vertebrae are stabilized with hardware. Over time, the bone graft will stimulate the growth of new bone and that segment of the spine will become a fused piece of solid bone. Ideally, this new bone’s lack of flexibility – as opposed to other levels of the spine that still have the cartilaginous elasticity of intervertebral discs – will eliminate neural compression, mechanical pain, and prevent future degeneration.
The Process of Interbody Fusion
Fusion surgery is a complex procedure that involves many components, including:
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