During the ILIF procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the lower back and an opening is created through the ligaments. This allows access to the spinous processes (the bone you can feel when you run your hand down your spine). The damaged portion of the disc is removed and allograft bone is placed in the empty space. This helps protect the spinal cord and nerves. A metal implant is inserted to stabilize the spine and secure the spinous processes until the fusion takes place. Morsellated bone is used together with the allograft to fuse the vertebra above and below.
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I am a patient of Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer, who is my spine doctor. I have gotten wonderful care from him and all the PAs and staff. At Hollywood and Palm Beach Gardens. They are extremely talented and I could not ask for a better knowledgable doctor in his field. He is kind, patient, and takes the time needed to answer your questions and concerns. He has helped me so much. I will have the lumbar operation with him as my doctor. Also, I was referred to Dr. Shapiro in that group who is a knee doctor. I have gotten an MRI now and he prescribed a physical Therapist that is really helping me. This is the third set, the other two were Prescribed by another doctor that I did not get the hands on treatment from. I can not say enough good things about this group of doctors, PAs and their group.