Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

  • Henry E. AryanEmail author
  • Sigurd H. Berven
  • Christopher P. Ames

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a method of achieving intersegmental arthrodesis that is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic degenerative disease [1, 2]. While ALIF has use for indications involving multiple levels and complex combinations of anterior and posterior instrumentation, fusions for degenerative and deformity cases, spondylolisthesis [3, 4], and failed posterior surgery with pseudoarthroses, a common indication remains the treatment of symptomatic degenerative disc disease. The symptomatic degenerative disc often presents with aching low back pain that radiates into the buttocks and sacroiliac areas.


Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Poor Visualization Adjacent Vertebral Body Left Common Iliac Vein Lateral Fluoroscopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry E. Aryan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sigurd H. Berven
    • 3
  • Christopher P. Ames
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of California-San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Sierra Pacific Orthopaedic & Spine CenterFresnoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of California San Francisco, UCSF Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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