Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Dec. 9, 2010
Updated: Dec. 9, 2010
An anterior lumbar interbody fusion is a surgical procedure in which the vertebrae in the back are fused through an incision in the abdomen.
Your doctors will use the information from a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan to confirm the diagnosis prior to undergoing surgery.
The length of the hospital stay will depend on the number of levels fused, but is usually three to four days.
Recovery time varies from patient to patient. Depending on your progress after surgery, you may be referred for physical therapy to help with muscle strengthening and range of motion.
Some patients are able to return to a non-strenuous job around six weeks after surgery. On the other hand, some patients may take up to six months to fully recover.