A minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, or TLIF, is performed to remove a damaged disc in the lumbar (lower back) area of the spine. It can also help to stabilize the spine and reduce associated back and leg pain by fusing two or more vertebral bones together. Typically, this procedure will be recommended to treat degenerative disc disease. The patient will lie prone under general anesthesia and the smallest possible incision will be made directly above the targeted area of the spine. This allows the surgeon the easiest access to the damaged disc with the least amount of trauma to surrounding muscles and tissue.
Some of the benefits of a minimally invasive TLIF procedure include:
Minimally invasive TLIF procedures offer many advantages over traditional open surgery, and can be performed by our highly skilled spine surgeons. There is an intricate set of steps involved in this treatment, which typically include:
Often times, percutaneous pedicle screws and rods may need to be anchored to the vertebral bodies for stability and further bone graft growth encouragement. Our dedication to the latest advances in minimally invasive surgery means that patients generally experience faster recovery times, less blood loss and less trauma to surrounding areas