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curious.. anyone know what the difference is between an alif and stalif?

mkim680mmkim680 Posts: 19
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was wondering if its almost the same or different? Also, is the recovery on these two methods different or the same.



  • I was scheduled to have an ALIF on the 13th which would have used a plate and bone marrow graft to create room for the nerve roots in the the L5-S1 area. I believe the Stalif is merely a different kind of insert (a stand alone one) which my doctor prefers using hardware to increase stability. The benefits of doing the surgery through the front (anterior) is that it is supposed to be a faster healing time.

    Unfortunately, the vascular surgeon was unable to get my major veins far enough out of the way to make the anterior approach work without grave risk so I ended up with a modified PLIF fusion after they closed up the front and started over in the back where they again ran into some problems.

    I am certainly hoping the thoughts about the ALIF reacovery being easier are true - because I sure wouldn't want to picture anything worse than the current recovery I am undergoing - semi truck, Wiley E Coyote, Freight train - you name it and we definitely met last Monday:)

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