A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion recommended by one of our highly skilled medical professionals can be the solution for the pain that causes you the most discomfort.
As for all the surgical procedures performed at Marina Spine Center, only the best and latest medical technology and techniques are used by our spine services team.
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a surgical technique performed in order to stabilize the spinal vertebra and the disc or shock absorber between the vertebra.
This procedure is also called a lumbar fusion surgery and is designed to create solid bone between the adjoining vertebra, eliminating any movement between the bones.
The goal of the surgery is to reduce pain and nerve irritation and is recommended for conditions such as:
TLIF surgery is done through the posterior (back) part of the spine. The following steps are specific to TLIF surgery:
TLIF fuses the anterior (front) and posterior (back) columns of the spine through a single posterior approach:
Bone graft is obtained from the patient's pelvis, although bone graft substitutes are also sometimes used.
TLIF surgery has several advantages over some other forms of lumbar fusion:
Prior to TLIF surgery medical clearance is obtained, as with all forms of lumbar spine fusion. Patients are advised to stop smoking a few months prior to surgery and may also require pre-donation of blood to be used at the time of surgery.
According to studies 60% to 70% of patients experience decrease in pain after TLIF spinal fusion surgery and around 80% of TLIF patients are satisfied with the surgical result.
Potential risks and complications of TLIF include:
TLIF usually results in solid bone fusion with good pain improvement, although complications are rare, there is no guarantee that spinal fusion will be a complete success.
Have you had consistent pain, particularly the kind that is associated with a degenerated disc or recurrent disc herniation? Have you tried non-invasive treatments without success? You may be a candidate for back surgery to relieve your symptoms for the long term. Call us at 888.600.5600 to find out more and schedule a consultation today!
Here is an example of a patient who underwent a TLIF. She was suffering from back and mainly left leg pain due to spondylolisthesis at L4-L5. She failed conservative management in the form of physical therapy, activity modification, and oral medications. Her pre-op pain was a 9 out of 10. She underwent the TLIF procedure uneventfully and at only two weeks after the procedure her pain is decreased from her pre-op pain.
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