What is Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion?

Category: Surgeries


Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a type of back surgery where spinal repair is approached from the front of the body. The surgeon removes a part of the lumbar spine and inserts a bone graft in between so that vertebral bones on either end can fuse together.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Herniated disc 5 4
Back pain 4 3
Spinal stenosis 3 2
Chronic pain syndrome 1 1
Degenerative disc disease 1 0
Pain in lower back 1 1

Show all 7 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 3
Mild 2
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Side effect Patients
Back pain 1
Chronic pain syndrome 1
Muscle spasms 1
Pain 1
Pain in buttocks 1
Pain in lower back 1


Stopped having Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 3
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