Maximum access surgery (MAS) posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a surgical procedure that was developed to provide spinal stability and help reduce pain in the lower back and lower extremities by using a less disruptive surgical procedure.

Clinical benefits

Minimally disruptive, uncompromised surgical goals.

MAS PLIF is an alternative solution to traditional “open” PLIF surgeries. It is a less disruptive approach to decompress nerve roots and fuse one or more vertebrae together to reduce their motion.

The MAS PLIF procedure is designed to eliminate the need to retract muscles lateral to the facet, while allowing a thorough bilateral decompression, facilitating bilateral interbody grafting and pedicle screw fixation.

Minimal blood loss

Shorter hospital stay

Faster postoperative recovery time

Is MAS PLIF right for me?

Your physician might determine a MAS PLIF procedure is a good option for you if you require an intervertebral fusion at any lumbar level between L1 and S1, and you would benefit from a less disruptive approach.

Conversely, your physician may determine that a MAS PLIF procedure is not a good option for you. It is important to discuss all treatment options with your physician. This procedure may be used to treat the following conditions:

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) Advanced DDD with resultant degenerative spinal
Degenerative spondylolisthesis Degenerative scoliosis

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Technologies Commonly Used

NuVasive offers a full-line portfolio of products for minimally disruptive, procedurally-integrated solutions. Procedurally-based solutions may include:

Access Instruments
Reline MAS

For further information about NuVasive products including indications for use, contraindications, warnings, and precautions, visit the eIFU page.