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Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

NSW Spine Specialists

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Dr Hsu and Dr Singh will stabilise the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material.

Incision Made

The procedure is performed through one or more small incisions in the back.

Disc Accessed

Parts of the vertebral bone need to be removed to get access to the disc. Since most TLIF procedures access the disc through only one side of the spine, recovery time after the procedure will be shorter than with traditional fusion surgery.

Disc Partially Removed

The damaged disc is partially removed. Some of the disc wall is left behind to help contain the bone graft material.

Implant Inserted

The implant is placed in the empty disc space, realigning the vertebral bones. This also lifts pressure from pinched nerve roots. The area may also be filled with morselised bone.

Additional Support

The surgeon may implant a series of screws and rods for additional support. Bone graft is also placed along the sides of the spine.

End of Procedure

The morselised bone graft will grow through and around the implants, forming a bone bridge that connects the vertebral bodies above and below. This solid bone bridge is called a fusion.

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion - Sydney, NSW

All surgical procedures involve risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. For specific advice regarding transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, please book an appointment with one of our surgeons.

For appointments and enquiries please phone  1300 975 800

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