Spine Procedures
TLIF

TLIF

A surgical procedure used to relieve pain and discomfort from the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine.


Minimally Invasive TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)

TLIF, or transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, is a surgical procedure used to relieve pain and discomfort from the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. This is accomplished by removing the degenerated disc that was causing the nerve root compression.

Before the procedure, anesthesia is administered to the patient and the patient is positioned laying face down. After the surgeon identifies the diseased vertebra level using a portable x-ray, our AccuCision® technique is used to make a small incision on the patient’s back, directly above the diseased vertebrae level. To reach the disc, a series of dilators are carefully passed through muscles and soft tissue using the guidance of the portable x-ray machine. Once in place, a small port is passed over the dilators and the dilators are removed, opening a small working channel while leaving muscle tissue intact. This allows the surgeon to access the target vertebra while minimizing pain as well as the scarring of the muscles. The surgeon then endoscopically removes the bone at the rear of the diseased vertebra and then removes the diseased disc.

A minimally invasive fusion is then performed using our AccuCision Spine Stabilization technique. Bone graft is placed in the open space where the disc was to keep the vertebrae from collapsing. This procedure sometimes requires a screws and rods to be attached to the area to increase stability as the bone graft knits together with adjacent vertebrae during the healing process. After the fusion, instruments are carefully removed, and the incision is closed and bandaged.

Most patients can return home the same day and resume normal activities after a few weeks.

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