TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (TLIF)
Stabilize the spine and relieve pressure from the nerves and spinal cord.
WHAT IS TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (TLIF)?
A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) will decompress, or remove the pressure from, the spinal cord and nerves, re-stabilize the spine, and prevent further movement and degeneration at the joints in question. All of the mechanics of this procedure should reduce pain and nerve irritation for the patient. Whether done as a traditional surgery or minimally invasive procedure, the TLIF is considered an effective method for fusing the lumbar spine.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (TLIF):
- Can be done as traditional surgery or minimally invasive
- Surgeon approaches from the back of the patient
- Physical therapy is a key part of procedure recovery
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (TLIF):
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Severe spinal instability
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION (TLIF)?
If you have symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or other forms of conservative care and positive diagnostic results, you may be a candidate for this procedure.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
[Since my bulging disc correction] I haven't had pain in my leg at all and had only a little pain in my back from my surgery, but zero pain in my legs, the sciatica is gone.
Edward, age 55, bulging disc injury
Today my back and hip feel tremendous. My legs are still a bit weak, possibly from nerve damage that occurred prior to surgery. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times per week. I was back at work on November 15th, 3 weeks after surgery.
Robert, age 58,
history of disc herniation and previous surgeries
Nobody likes to be injured and neck surgery is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Massoud explained what needed to be done, which made me feel more comfortable. [Post-surgery] I felt great, and today the pain is completely gone.
Francisco, Age 48, Cervical Injury