Lumbar TLIF

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)


  1. Approach: This procedure is done to stabilize the lower spine. Minimally invasive incisions are made in lower back and the muscles and tissues covering the spine are moved to the sides, exposing the affected region of the spine.

  2. Decompression: Any disc or bone impinging on the spinal cord or nerve roots are removed.

  3. Stabilization: The purpose of the procedure is to move the vertebrae into proper alignment and fuse the vertebrae together to correct any instability of the spine. Instrumentation such as pedicle screws and rods are attached to the back of the vertebrae to hold them in place. The disc space is cleared and an interbody spacer is placed between the vertebrae to maintain the proper height of the removed disc and bone graft inserted between the vertebrae to fuse them together. This combined procedure stabilizes both the front (anterior) and rear (posterior) parts of the spine.

After surgery, patients will remain in the hospital for a few days. Most patients are able to return to all activities within weeks. A postoperative rehabilitation program is usually prescribed to guide return to activities and normal life.

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