What Happens During Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Surgery?
When a minimally invasive TLIF procedure is performed, your spine surgeon uses X-rays to precisely create small incisions on each side of the midline. Without cutting through the muscles, the surgeon will separate muscle fibers to provide access to the spine. By moving the muscle fibers rather than cutting them healing time and post-surgical discomfort is severely reduced for patients.
At this point, bone spurs and overgrown ligaments are removed to create more room for the nerves in the spinal canal. The damaged spinal disc is removed to create space for the fusion spacer between the vertebrae. Screws are inserted into the vertebrae above and below the spacer and connected with rods to provide support to the spine while the bones fuse together over time.