The pain management specialists and laser spine surgeons at DFW Spine Institute are committed to helping patients in the Dallas and Fort Worth area find solutions for back pain. Our personalized treatment plans utilize minimally invasive options to provide relief for a variety of conditions. For patients with debilitating back pain that has not responded to non-surgical methods, spine fusion surgery may be a treatment option. Spine fusion surgery may be used to treat spinal deformities, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, or herniated discs.
Types of Spine Fusions
There are several methods of spine fusion surgery. Your DFW spine surgeon will evaluate your health and medical history and discuss your options with you to determine an effective treatment plan. Spine fusion surgery types include:
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) This type of spine fusion surgery is used to treat the front of the spine to relieve pain in the lumbar region and can be used when several discs are to be fused together.
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Also performed in the anterior, or front of the spine, this fusion treats neck pain and is often performed in conjunction with a discectomy to remove a damaged disc.
- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Performed in the posterior, or back of the spine, this spine fusion surgery may be used to treat weakness or instability in the spine, often due to spondylolisthesis or degenerative disc disease.
- eXtreme Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF) This spine surgery is an advanced technique to approach the spine from the side of the body, a method that can be useful for patients with recurrent lumbar disc herniation or spinal stenosis.