Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion (IBF)


Designed to be a less invasive way to fuse the spine, IBF is generally used for the treatment of back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. When the procedure is performed from the front (anterior) of the spine, a minimally-invasive endoscopic technique may be used. The surgery in the following animation is performed through an anterior approach.

Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion (IBF)

Lumbar inter-body fusion (IBF) is an effective treatment for degenerative disc disease. Because the surgeon makes a smaller incision and uses smaller tools, this procedure is considered minimally invasive surgery. This process avoids damaging your lower back muscles.


Surgery is never the first choice at New York Spine Specialist. Fusing the spine is an extreme process because it limits your movement and cannot be reversed. IBF, is a less invasive way to fuse your spine and treats severe back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Book an appointment to speak with one of our specialists about the risks and what to expect during your recovery.