Posterior Lumbar Fusion

A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a surgical technique that involves correction of the spinal problems at the base of the spine by placing bone graft between two vertebrae. Minimally invasive surgical techniques may be employed to perform the procedure.

PLIF is recommended when the non-surgical treatment measures such as rest, physical therapy or medications fail to reduce the symptoms (pain, numbness, and weakness).

Some of the common indications are:

  • Spinal instability
  • Degenerative disc disorder of lumbar spine (pain due to damaged disc)
  • Spondylolisthesis (slippage of one vertebra on another)
  • Spinal stenosis