Alif: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (with bone graft and pedicle screws)


Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion is a procedure utilized by orthopedic surgeons to correct severe leg and back pain. Degenerative disc disease is the source of spinal complication and is fixed through fusing bone graft material to the existing vertebrae.

Incision Made

To perform the procedure the surgeon will create a three or five-inch incision. This incision is made in one of two locations: directly above or on the side of the stomach.

Disc Removed

As the lumbar fusion procedure continues, the damaged disc is partially removed. Parts of the disc wall are left behind to help contain the bone graft replacement.


Bone graft materials are placed in the empty disc space to lift pressure away from pinched nerve roots and realign the vertebral bones.

Vertebrae Secured

ALIF procedures are often combined with assistive devices such as pedicle screws, metal plates and rods. These accessory components will provide spinal fixation and increase the chances for a solid, more successful spinal fusion.

End of Procedure

The bone graft transplant into the vertebrae will create a bone bridge that creates a healthy connection of spine. This solid bone bridge is the “fusion” to the Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion procedure.

Spinal Fusion in Illinois

Conditions in the spine need particular attention to correct the issue at hand. An ALIF procedure from IBJI will successfully relieve your leg and back pain so you can live your life stress and pain-free. Contact a local Illinois Bone & Joint Institute office near you for compassionate orthopedic assistance.