Spine & Orthopedic Pain Centers

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)



Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) is a spinal fusion surgury to fuse the disc space of the spine by entering from the back of the body. The damaged disc material is removed from the disc space and replaced with the bone graft and anterior interbody cages.

As in any spinal fusion, the bone grows from vertebral body to vertebral body to stop the motion at the segment causing pain. PLIF has the advantage that it provides anterior fusion of the disc space without having a second incision as would be necessary with an anterior/posterior spine fusion surgery. Consult a pain management specialist if you have these symptoms.

 


 

Advantages

The Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) procedure has a number of advantages over other forms of stabilization / fusion surgery:

  • Intervertebral distraction (separation) enables the restoration of three dimensional spinal alignment / balance and indirect neurological decompression of the foraminae (nerve passageways).
  • The interbody implants / graft subsequently maintain the disc space height and spinal alignment.
  • The surface area for bone graft healing is maximized

 


 

What Conditions Benefit from a PLIF

The main reason to do perform a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) surgery is in the stabilization and fusion of the spine following correction of an adult spinal deformity. Degenerative deformity is a common and often missed cause of neurological compression. Foraminal stenosis that is associated with disc space narrowing, spondylolisthesis (vertebra slips forward), retrolisthesis (vertebra slips backward) or scoliosis may be difficult to relieve without correction of the associated deformity.

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Inderbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Inderbir Johal, M.D. is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.

Gurbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurbir Johal is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Pain Medicine Center.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.