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What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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What does it meant to have transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion?

Spinal fusion: Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion means a "cage" prosthesis and bone graft material is placed in the front of the spine through an approach through the back to join 2 bones. It is performed through the area where the nerve usually exits off the main spinal sac (called the neuro foramen). This foramen is an opening that allows access to the front of the spine through an incision on the back. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have levocurvature if the lumbar with apex at l4?

What does it mean if you have levocurvature if the lumbar with apex at l4?

Leftward curvature: The term levocurvature of the lumbar spine means "leftward deviation" of the lumbar spine. The curvature is greatest ("apex") at l4. Dextrocurvature or dextroscoliosis would refer to a "rightward deviation" of the spine. ...Read more

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What will monoclonal bands in a lumbar puncture mean?

Monoclonal Bands: Oligoclonal bands are seen when a patient's blood or cerebrospinal fluid is analyzed. Each of the two to five oligoclonal bands represent proteins, although why exactly these bands are present, and which proteins these bands represent, has not yet been elucidated. Oligoclonal bands are present in 80-90% of patients and is an important indicator in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What does straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis mean?

Less back curve: The normall backward curve of your low back is straighter than usual it generally believed to be a sign of muscular spasm barring other pathologic conditions, it is a nonspecific incidental xray finding this shape can be found in the asymptomatic and the symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is meant by straightening of expected lumbar lordosis?

Spasm: Typically this is a result of muscle spasm but may also indicate something more serious in your spine manifesting this way. ...Read more

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If the opening pressure from my lumbar was 37 and they took it down to 11, is that bad and what does that mean for me?

Diagnosis?: An opening pressure of 37 is dangerously high. But the question of what it means depends on why it's high. You didn't give us a diagnosis--a cause of the high pressure. If they don't know the cause, they need to find out. ...Read more

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I'm having neck problems, which extends to shoulder, my dr. Told me to get a lumber, not sure if he meant chair lumbar r what. I need help with this, ?

Back down: Probably meant a lumbar support for the low back to use with sitting or driving so that you can keep the neck over the torso, which might reduce your neck pain, if it is mechanical (your head is out in front of your shoulders all the time). ...Read more

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What does it mean if the right paracentral protruded disc herniation at lumbar 5 - sacral 1 is compressing the right sacral 1 root in the right lateral recess?

What does it mean if the right paracentral protruded disc herniation at lumbar 5 - sacral 1 is compressing the right sacral 1 root in the right lateral recess?

Anatomy: There is a right sided protruding disc between the L5 and S1 vertebrae which is pressing on the right S1 nerve. Typically this will cause pain and/or numbness down the back of the leg, into the side of the foot, and there may be weakness when trying to push down with your foot (i.e. pressing on the car accelerator). ...Read more

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My MRI states Lumbar rotoscoliosis with segmental instability. What does that mean?

My MRI states Lumbar rotoscoliosis with segmental instability.  What does that mean?

See ordering MD: It means you should discuss these findings and any potential treatment options with the ordering physician. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, and segmental instability may need to be addressed ...Read more