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  Anterior Cervical Discectomy
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
AxiaLIF - Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
BAK Fusion Cages
Bone Stimulators
Cervical Laminoplasty
Complex Spinal Reconstruction
Decompression
Discectomy
Duraplasty
Endoscopic Correction of Scoliosis
Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Foraminotomy
Fusion (or Spinal Fusion)
Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)
Kyphoplasty
Laminotomy
Laminoplasty
Laparoscopic Fusion
Lumbar Artifical Disc Replacement
Lumbar Laminectomy (Open Decompression)
Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Microdecompression
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Multilevel Minimally Invasive Screws
NeoDisc Cervical Disc Replacement
PCM Artificial Disc
Posterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy (Microscopic)
Posterior Cervical Instrumentation
Posterior Dynamic Stabilization (Dynesys)
Posterior Fossa Decompression
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
Rhizotomy
Scoliosis Instrumentation
Spinal Cord Tumor Excision
Spine Stimulator (Internal)
Spine Surgery Instrumentation
Stabilimax NZ Dynamic Spine Stabilization System
Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Vertebroplasty
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
X-STOP® IPD® Procedure
XLIF - eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
DLIF - Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion

 

Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is a surgical technique that involves removing an intervertebral disc and creating a spinal fusion in the lumbar spine through one incision in the back. It is similar to the posterior approach (PLIF) except that the disc removal is performed from the side. In some cases only one side of the disc needs to be exposed (right or left) in order to perform the procedure.

The TLIF procedure involves cutting into the middle of the layer of muscle and ligament that sits on either side of the spine. Using a special instrument that takes small bites off bone, the lamina is gradually removed to expose the nerves. The disc is removed through the right and left sides of the spinal canal (although sometimes all this can be done through one side only) and the intervertebral space is cleared, then packed with bone graft and either a bone block or cage implant. Instrumentation devises, such as pedicle screws, are then placed in the vertebrae to secure the fusion. Additional bone graft will often be placed to ensure a solid fusion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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