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So what is the deal with Post, Anterior, 360

angelanicaangelanic Posts: 256
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

Why are there so many different kinds of fusion surgeries? Were you part of the decision making process? I do not want more scars on the front (already have from abdominoplasty).



  • I talked with my surgeon in detail about the various methods for fusion surgery (L5/S1). Ultimately, a certain amount comes down to the surgeon's preference for that type of surgery. After the preference, it becomes what is necessary to correct and what kind of access do they have to the bones and nerves. Where is the damage? Interior or anterior? I had one surgeon suggest a 360, while the one I went with in the end, only did a PLIF. I asked why or when he would perform a 360. He said if the damage could not be reached from the back, or, the more common reason for the 360 is if there is some sort of spinal deformity that is best corrected when going in both routes.

    Ask your questions to the surgeon. Mine, both I saw, had no problems talking about the what and the why.
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