A posterior lumbar interbody fusion technique (PLIF) is one of the methods for performing a spinal fusion surgery
. A spinal fusion surgery is the surgical procedure that is used to replace a damaged and painful vertebral disc with a bone graft or an artificial implant made of metal or plastic. This surgery helps relieve the painful symptoms being caused by the vertebral disc through fusing together (or ‘welding’) two consecutive vertebras in the spinal column in order to restrict their movement.
The posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) technique uses an incision in the back to access the spinal column in order to perform the spinal fusion procedure.
What is the procedure for PLIF technique?
The procedure for a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) surgery involves administering general anesthesia as the first step.
The surgeon will make a 3-6 inch long incision along the midline of the back and shift the lower back muscles from the left and right of the incision from the lamina (outer vertebral covering) of the vertebra.
After having clear access to the spine
the surgeon performs a laminectomy
(removal of the lamina) that allows an uninhibited view of the nerve roots in the spinal column. The joints above the nerve roots may be scraped to decrease them in size and allow more room for the nerve roots.
The surgeon will them remove the damaged or defective vertebral disc from between the vertebras and clean the space of any debris. The next step involves the surgeon placing a bone graft or a ‘spacer’ implant made from metal or plastic to compensate for the removed vertebral disc. This ‘spacer’ allows the spine to maintain the original height as well as act as a medium for stabilizing the spinal column.
The bone graft or the spacer supports the two consecutive vertebras until the bones of the vertebras fuse together naturally.
What is the success rate and risks involved in PLIF surgery?
The success rate for a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) surgery is around 60%-70% due to large advances in lumbar fusion surgical techniques that help prevent damage to the nerve roots and also help stabilize the spinal column to relieve the painful symptoms of spinal compression.
As with any kind of major surgery the PLIF surgery also faces potential risks, such as:
- Graft site pain
- Recurring symptoms
- Nerve damage
- Blood clots
Why choose India for Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion surgery?
Indian is fast becoming as a popular destination for getting high quality medical treatments at the most affordable prices for a large number of medical conditions. There is a large network of orthopedic specialty clinics and hospitals in all major cities in India such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, etc. This network of hospitals is preferred by foreign patients due to the highest standards of quality maintained here. These orthopedic clinics and hospitals are equipped with the latest in medical and surgical technology.
Connect with Travcure for getting PLIF surgery in India?
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