Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a surgical technique that attempts to eliminate instability in the back and pain in the lower back and lower extremities. A Maximum Access Surgery posterior lumbar interbody fusion (MAS PLIF) achieves this by using a less disruptive approach to decompress nerve roots and fuse one or more vertebrae together to reduce their motion.
“The surgery was 100 percent successful,” Sheryl said. “The pain, the migraines… everything is gone. They fixed the problem and now I’m regaining strength and stamina. I pass people on the street and smile at them. I’m 31 years old and I’m ready to live my life. I’m ready to play my violin again.”
For more than a decade, The Better Way Back Community has supported patients undergoing the NuVasive® XLIF® surgical spine procedure. “We know the time is right to expand the program to address a greater number of conditions and treatments.” said President of The Better Way Back, Michael Hubbard.
When you are considering back surgery as a solution to your chronic back pain, we know there are many options to consider. Through The Better Way Back® program, we want to help by providing information, education, and support. Please know that while this website provides information about many different non-surgical and surgical options, it is not meant to replace any personal conversations that you should have with your physician or other members of your healthcare team.
The Maximum Access Surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MAS TLIF) procedure is a technique that attempts to eliminate instability in your back through a less invasive approach to fuse one or more vertebrae together to reduce their motion.
May is Arthritis Awareness Month so we want to highlight one of the main causes of back pain, osteoarthritis of the spine (also known as spinal osteoarthritis or spinal arthritis).
As part of Osteoporosis Awareness/Prevention Month, we want to talk about this extremely prevalent disease that often causes back pain. Get the facts about prevention and detection before it is too late.
Chronic back pain impacts the entire family. Here’s a look at what one caregiver has to say to his/her loved one before surgery.
Your doctor can explain the procedure in detail, but hearing from someone who has gone through it can be invaluable. That is why The Better Way Back® offers patient pairings. Pairing pre-op patients with Patient Ambassadors who have already had surgery is one of the most important and powerful things we offer.
When faced with chronic back pain, your mind may automatically jump to traditional back surgery as the solution, but there are other alternatives that could provide relief prior to considering surgery.