Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Surgery for Spondylolisthesis
UW Health spine surgeons perform anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) surgery for patients with spondylolisthesis, a condition of the spine that can cause back pain.
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Referring physicians, please call (608) 263-7540 and ask about the procedure for referring a patient to Dr. Seth Williams for anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) surgery.
What is spondylolisthesis?
Patients with spondylolisthesis have one bone in their back (vertebra) that has moved over the bone below it in the spinal column. The most common symptoms are pain in the lower back that sometimes can be felt in the legs and numbness.
Surgery for Spondylolisthesis
UW Health spine surgeons perform anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) surgery for patients with spondylolisthesis who have been evaluated and would benefit from the procedure. ALIF is a type of spinal fusion during which surgeons enter from the front (anterior) of the body and remove the disc between the two bones causing the pain and problems. Surgeons then insert a bone graft to fuse two parts of the spine together and use percutaneous pedicle screws to stabilize the spine.
The Importance of Minimally Invasive Surgery
UW Health spine surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques during ALIF surgery. Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits to patients, including:
- Less pain
- Shorter hospital stays
- A quicker return to the lifestyle to which they're accustomed
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UW Health's Unique Approach
For anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) surgeries, UW Health pairs the talents of a spine surgeon and a vascular surgeon. By having both doctors participate in the surgery, we can carefully monitor the blood vessels on top of the spine to make sure proper blood flow is maintained.