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A Trans Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is a type of surgery involving the bones (vertebrae) and the discs in the lower back (lumbar spine).

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Spinal fusion (such as a TLIF) is a surgical technique to stabilize the spinal vertebra and the disc or shock absorber between the vertebra. Lumbar fusion surgery 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.

Spinal fusion may be recommended for conditions such as spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease or recurrent disc herniations. Surgeons perform lumbar fusion using several techniques. This article describes the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) fusion technique.


Using minimally invasive surgical techniques(MIS), a tube is inserted through a small incision. It is through this tube that Dr Hyder will perform the majority of the procedure. A TLIF is then performed to remove the herniated disc, relieving pressure from the spinal cord or nerves. After the disc material is removed, an artificial spacer is inserted to replace the original disc. The two bones are then fixed together with rods and screws to help with stabilization during the healing process.

An MIS TLIF can sometimes be done as an outpatient procedure and assures less blood loss, faster healing, and less scarring.

MIS TLIF Procedural Benefits

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