Minimally Invasive Approach (PLIF)
A posterior lumbar inter-body fusion (PLIF) is performed to remove a degenerating disc that is the source of back or leg pain and fuse spinal vertebrae with bone grafts. It is called a posterior procedure because the spine is approached through an incision on the back.
In patients with spinal instability, instrumentation is used to provide space for placing the grafts and to help stabilize the spine. Using a technique known as minimally invasive surgery, this procedure can be done with a much smaller incision than traditional open spinal surgeries and avoids damaging the low back muscles.