What is Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) L5-S1?

Category: Surgeries


Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which two or more vertebrae are joined or fused together. A revision or salvage surgery is usually required when the fusion goes wrong, or when the joints lack stability.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 3 1
Chronic idiopathic back pain 1 0
Degenerative disc disease 1 0
Numbness from waist down 1 1
Numbness in legs 1 1
Sciatica 1 1

Show all 9 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) L5-S1

Side effect Patients
Pain in lower back 1
Post-surgical pain 1


Stopped having Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) L5-S1

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 2
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There are no evaluations for Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) L5-S1.