Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) back surgery is the approach to a spinal fusion that works to stabilizing the vertebrae and the disc, with the goal of reducing pain and nerve irritation.
Different from an XLIF or ALIF, a TLIF spinal fusion is applied through the posterior (back) portion of the spine. A surgical implant called an interbody fusion spacer is placed into the disc space from the side of the spine. A bone graft, either obtained by the patient’s pelvis or from a donor, is placed into the disc space and along the back portion of the vertebrae. The spinal fusion takes places as the bone grafts heals over time.
There are medical reasons for choosing the different approaches to a spinal fusion surgery. Typically, a TLIF spinal fusion has the following advantages over the other forms of a lumbar fusion:
The interbody spacer helps restore normal height of the spine and takes pressure off the nerve roots
The surgeon is able to approach the disc space laterally, without putting excessive force onto the nerve roots.
Compared to a PLIF, the TLIF approach may reduce injury and scarring around nerve roots.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we hope to relieve pain and find assistance through conservative therapies. Dr. Burak Ozgur will have to give medical clearance before a patient is permitted to undergo this surgical procedure.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
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