What Is A Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion?
The goal of this procedure is to remove the spinal disc and/or bone spurs that are causing irritation of the spinal nerves and use internal fixation to stabilize the spine and relieve the pain associated with lumbar spinal conditions.
How It's Performed
Next, under fluoroscopic guidance (real time X-ray visualization) the impinged nerve is identified and placed to the side so that a substantial amount of the intervertebral disc and/or bone material can be safely removed. A small implant, which also contains bone graft, is placed into the disc space to restore normal height and stability to the disc space. The bone graft implant creates a biological response and, over time, this bone graft will knit together with the adjoining vertebrae and form one contiguous and stable vertebra. Additional bone graft material may also be placed along the edges of the vertebrae to expedite the fusion process.
Next, small rods and screws are placed between the two vertebrae to ensure stability. The incision is then closed with small stitches.
In most cases, a TLIF can be performed on an outpatient basis due to the reduced trauma to the spine and muscular structures. In fact, most patients are up and walking shortly after this procedure and physical therapy will begin within a few days of the procedure.
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You will be welcomed into our boutique office where your time is of premium value. That means little to no waiting and extensive consultation with Dr. Senatus to understand what is causing your pain and what steps can be taken to return you to a functional pain-free lifestyle.