Your surgeon will make a small incision in the center of your back, near the affected area of your spine, and place the MAS PLIF access system. The size of the incision can vary based on the number of vertebral levels and/or complexity of your case.
A retractor is utilized to hold the skin incision open and to provide safe access and visibility to the disc space and affected areas. Your surgeon will then place screws into the vertebrae that will be utilized at the end of the procedure to provide fixation. Next, your surgeon will remove any bony anatomy that is causing back/leg pain (stenosis) in order to relieve the compression of the nerve roots.
Your surgeon will then remove the disc and prepare the disc space for fusion. Appropriate implants, chosen by your surgeon, will be placed into the empty disc space to restore the proper disc height and assist in spinal load, alignment, and fusion.
In order to stabilize the spine, once bone and the disc have been removed the screws will be connected with a rod. This stabilization will encourage bone to grow and fuse the vertebrae into the postoperative position.