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Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Suffering from conditions that are causing instability can have a devastating impact on a patient’s quality of life. Laser Spine Institute’s transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) works to treat a number of conditions that cause this instability, chronic pain and other symptoms.

The most common conditions treated by the TLIF include stenosis, bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and spine fractures. When these conditions cause the intervertebral discs and surrounding elements to become severely damaged, patients are left with potential instability and chronic pain.

During the TLIF procedure, the surgeon enters the impacted area from a unilateral approach laterally through small incisions. This approach allows the surgeon to avoid forcefully retracting the nerves, which can cause lasting damage and resonating symptoms. Once the surgeon has reached the area of the procedure, he is able to insert a spacer and bone graft into the disc space. This fuses the area, while adding extra space to the constricted location.

After the procedure is complete, the surgeon will remove the tools and equipment, allowing the muscle to slide back into its natural position. Because there is minimal cutting and virtually no tearing of the muscles, the recovery associated with this procedure is significantly less than that of traditional open surgery.

After surgery, patients are monitored for approximately two hours in our postoperative area. Once cleared to return to their hotel, our skilled medical staff will give patients specific instructions for walking and gradual activity.

Laser Spine Institute also offers additional procedures to treat a number of the most common debilitating conditions, including laminotomy, foraminotomy, discectomy, facet thermal ablation, lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF), anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF), RegenaDISC®, cervical disc replacement, and Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device.