Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF) in Princeton & Staten Island
What is axial fusion?
Axial fusion, also referred to as axial lumbar interbody fusion or AxiaLIF, is a cutting-edge surgical procedure designed to address disc damage in the lumbar region of the spine (lower back). It is a less invasive approach that helps deliver improved function as well as treat the underlying source of lower back pain and/or radiculopathy. Similar to other fusion procedures, part of the damaged disc is removed during axial fusion. However, this procedure preserves the outer wall of the vertebral disc. The minimally invasive fusion procedure is entirely performed through a small incision near the tailbone.
To learn if axial fusion surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with New Jersey Spine Specialists. Our spine doctors have extensive experience performing a wide range of procedures to treat spinal conditions and injuries. Visit our offices in Princeton and Staten Island for diagnosis and treatment, or learn more about axial lumbar interbody fusion below.
Why is axial fusion performed?
Axial lumbar interbody fusion may be recommended if a patient has not responded well to conservative treatment options for their disc degeneration or if their condition has worsened.
There are several possible lumbar conditions that may cause a person to undergo AxiaLIF, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
- Instability between lumbar and sacral sections of the spine
What does axial fusion involve?
If you are a good candidate for axial lumbar interbody fusion, one of our experienced spine surgeons at New Jersey Spine Surgeons will explain the procedure in detail to you. The lumbar spine surgery is only considered after other conservative treatments have been explored without success. It is important to note that axial fusion is not an all-encompassing fix to back pain. Rather, it is designed to stabilize a specific area of the lumbar spine that is causing considerable pain. As a result, you will be able to enjoy increased function and return to a more normal routine.
During an axial fusion, your surgeon will make a small incision near your tailbone to access the lumbar spine. Using fluoroscopic guidance, the surgeon will then introduce specialized surgical tools to remove the inner portion of the damaged disc, while keeping the outer wall intact. Once the damaged portion has been removed, the hardware is inserted through the vertebral bodies. This will restore alignment of the lower lumbar spine and relieve axial back pain. In some cases, screws may also be inserted in order to strengthen the stabilization.
During the AxiaLIF surgery, the major back muscles are avoided, which allows for a faster recovery time and less post-operative discomfort.
What are the advantages of undergoing axial lumbar interbody fusion?
Benefits of undergoing axial fusion surgery at New Jersey Spine Surgeons include:
- Improved lower back function
- Less invasive option than traditional fusion surgery
- Involves smaller incision, less trauma to the spine and nearby tissues
- Less potential complications during and after surgery
- Minimal blood loss during and after surgery
- Less downtime after surgery
- Less post-operative discomfort
If you are interested in learning more about axial fusion or other treatments for lumbar pain, the first step is scheduling an evaluation with an experienced spine specialist. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, we are dedicated to the preservation of motion and function through the latest minimally invasive spine procedures and treatments. Call (844)-7-NJSPINE today or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at our Princeton and Staten Island offices.