Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) in Princeton & Staten Island
What is minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)?
Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, also referred to as MIS TLIF, is a cutting edge surgical procedure designed to address disc damage and spinal disorders in the lumbar region of the spine (lower back). It is a less invasive approach that helps deliver improved function as well as treat the underlying source of lower back pain and/or radiculopathy. This procedure involves placing a bone graft between two vertebrae while approaching the spine from the back (posterior) of the body using minimally invasive techniques. To find out if TLIF is right for you, visit our Princeton or Staten Island New Jersey Spine Surgeons location for a consultation.
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion gets its name from the following components:
- Transforaminal – meaning through the foramen
- Lumbar – involving the lower back (lumbar region)
- Interbody – involving the placement of bone graft between two vertebral bodies
- Fusion – meaning the stabilization of the spine
Why is minimally invasive TLIF performed?
There are several possible conditions that may cause a person to undergo TLIF surgery, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
- Pinched nerve
- Spinal stenosis
- Foraminal stenosis
- Segmental instability
What does minimally invasive TLIF involve?
If you are a good candidate for minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, one of our experienced spine surgeons at New Jersey Spine Surgeons will explain the procedure in detail to you. The surgery is only considered after other conservative treatments have been explored without success. It is important to note that MIS TLIF is not an all encompassing fix to back pain. Rather, it is designed to stabilize a specific area of the lumbar spine that is causing considerable pain. As a result, you will be able to enjoy increased function and return to a more normal routine.
During a minimally invasive TLIF procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision on the back above the vertebra(e) to be treated. Once your surgeon has access to the lumbar spine and can view the nerve roots, specialized surgical tools will be introduced in order to remove the damaged disc. Once the disc space has been cleared out, the area will be properly prepared for fusion, which may include placement of an implant for structural support. The disc space will then be filled with bone graft material. This helps new bone to form and eventually fuse together following surgery. Last, hardware will be inserted to stabilize the spine while the treated area heals, in order to strengthen the stabilization.
What are the advantages of undergoing MIS TLIF?
Benefits of undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion at New Jersey Spine Surgeons include:
- Improved lower back function and stability
- Less invasive option than traditional fusion surgery
- Involves smaller incision, less trauma to the spine and nearby tissues
- Significantly less blood loss during surgery
- Less potential complications during and after surgery
- Less downtime after surgery
- Less post-operative discomfort
If you are interested in learning more about minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF surgery) or other treatment options, the first step is scheduling an evaluation with an experienced spine specialist. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, we are dedicated to the preservation of motion and function through the latest minimally invasive spine procedures and treatments. Call (844)-7-NJSPINE today or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at our Princeton and Staten Island offices.