Personal injury cases can include a wide range of specific injuries, but there’s one that I find to be the most challenging for accident victims. When a serious back injury occurs that affect vertebrae discs, it can cause excutiating pain if not trated. This is mainly because of the issues herniated or degenerative discs can cause on nerves in the lower back.
For those that haven’t heard of ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion, listen closely – this surgery may make you think twice about not wearing a seat belt!
The way the surgery begins is with the surgeon first stabilizing the spine. This is typically done with what’s called a graft. The way the bone graft is inserted into the patient is through a small 3-5 inch incision on the stomach. The damaged disc is partially removed where some of it is left behind to stimulate the bone growth. After removal of the disc, a metal cage filled with bone graft is inserted which realigns the vertebrae bones. This definitely hampers mobility for the client, but upon recovery pain is minimal with the nerves. For most patients, this procedure will have more than enough support for the vertebrae. There are exceptions, one being where screws and rods are attached for additional support.