Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

What is a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)?

A Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion can deliver permanent relief from the unrelenting pain of an injured or unstable lumbar spine.

Your lumbar spine—situated between your rib cage and sacrum—comprises some of the largest and most active vertebrae in your back. More specifically, your exceptionally agile lower back enables bending, twisting, turning, and lifting heavy objects. Simultaneously, while executing all of these movements, your lumbar spine also supports the vast majority of the upper body’s weight.

Because we rely on our lumber spine constantly, our lower back suffers a higher propensity for injury and age-related degeneration. Common back problems include: degenerative disc diseasespondylolisthesisadult scoliosis, and spinal stenosis. Furthermore, all of these conditions can lead to pain, numbness, stiffness, immobility, and incapacitation. Whether you suffer from herniated disc pain, bone spurs, or progressive scoliosis, a PLIF can restore your spinal stability.

A PLIF typically unfolds in the following steps:

A primary cause of call-outs from work, back pain can also make us avoid the activities that we love and lose time with our friends and family. However, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Together with his team of specialized clinicians, Dr. Frazier of NYC Spine can provide the pain-relieving intervention that you need. A world-renowned spine surgeon with several decades of formal training, Dr. Frazier delivers the up-to-date and conservative spine treatments.

If you have any further questions about the PLIF procedure, do not hesitate to give Dr. Frazier and his team a call. His patient advocates will be happy to discuss all of your options for pain relief!

What are the Benefits of a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)?

The benefits of a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) stem from its minimally invasive nature and state-of-the-art materials and techniques. Especially when compared to traditional open-back methods, you can rest assured that a PLIF will promote accelerated healing. Some of the most notable advantages of a PLIF include:

Dr. Frazier is a world-class surgeon and respected expert in the orthopedic world. Using only the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art technologies, he has delivered pain relief to thousands of individuals. Searching for answers to your back-pain questions? You can trust that Dr. Frazier has the answers.

Do I Qualify for a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)?

Regardless of your condition, any type of spine surgery should be considered only as a last resort. For this reason, your doctor will help you evaluate all of your conservative treatment options before undergoing surgery. For instance, you should explore pain management medications, physical therapy, weight loss, and other alternative therapies before choosing surgery. If you have exhausted all forms of noninvasive treatment, then a PLIF may provide a more permanent solution.

At the same time, certain medical conditions could disqualify individuals from undergoing this procedure. For example, individuals with severe spinal instability from osteoporosis or infections should not have this procedure. In addition, individuals with allergies to certain surgical materials will not be deemed a candidate for this operation.

However, the best way to evaluate your options for relief from your spinal pain is to discuss them with a physician. With Dr. Frazier you will have an ally in your journey to pain relief. Call our team at NYC Spine today to set up your first appointment!

Meet Dr. Daveed Frazier

Dr. Frazier is a Harvard-trained, board certified orthopedic spine surgeon. He’s held an academic appointment at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York’s SUNY Downstate. Dr. Frazier is also a respected lecturer, accomplished researcher, published author on spine disorders and treatment, and a consultant for several international spine companies.

After completing his undergraduate education at Brown University, Dr. Frazier attended Harvard Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. He completed a Harvard internship based at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, followed by a Harvard combined residency before becoming chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

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