alexa Indications for Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion


Journal of Spine

Author(s): Ralph J Mobbs, Aji Loganathan, Vivian Yeung, Prashanth J Rao

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Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) has become a widely recognized surgical technique for degenerative pathology of the lumbar spine. Spinal fusion has evolved dramatically ever since the first successful internal fixation by Hadra in 1891 who used a posterior approach to wire adjacent cervical vertebrae in the treatment of fracture-dislocation. Advancements were made to reduce morbidity including bone grafting substitutes, metallic hardware instrumentation and improved surgical technique. The controversy regarding which surgical approach is best for treating various pathologies of the lumbar spine still exists. Despite being an established treatment modality, current indications of ALIF are yet to be clearly defined in the literature. This article discusses the current literature on indications on ALIF surgery.

This article was published in Chinese Orthopaedic Association and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and referenced in Journal of Spine

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