Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
Infuse® Bone Graft and the LT-Cage® Device are implanted through an opening in your abdomen.This is known as an open anterior surgical approach.
Another option is to use a laparoscope. This "scope" allows the surgeon to look into your abdomen through one small hole and perform the surgery through several other small holes. This is known as the laparoscopic anterior surgical approach.
Speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of both techniques prior to surgery.
During your surgery, your doctor will remove portions of the degenerated disc and vertebral body to allow the implants to be inserted. Rather than taking bone (autograft) from your hip or from the area in which the implants will be inserted, the surgeon will utilize the Infuse Bone Graft to pack inside the hollow implants.
In most cases, immediately after surgery, your heart and lung function will continue to be monitored, a drainage tube may have been left in your wound, and your doctor may prescribe medicines to control pain and nausea.
The average hospital stay for patients in the study used to evaluate Infuse Bone Graft and the LT-Cage Device was just over 1 day for the laparoscopic surgical approach and 3 days for the open surgical approach.
There are alternative treatments to this surgery – both surgical and non-surgical. You should discuss these other options with your surgeon before you make your decision.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.