TLIF Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Can a TLIF Surgery help?
TLIF surgery can make a real difference in your quality of life and relieve your spinal pain. Florida Surgery Consultants is a neurosurgeon with six convenient locations in Brandon, Tampa, Orlando, Palm Harbor, The Villages, and Bradenton, and we are prepared to take care of your TLIF surgery and give you the best possible results. We understand that patients who require TLIF surgery may already feel concerned about the outcome of their surgery, but that is why we strive to explain what the surgery entails in order to give them peace of mind. Contact us at Florida Surgery Consultants to learn more about the TLIF procedure and schedule a consultation with our expert neurosurgeon today.
What is a TLIF Surgery?
A TLIF surgery is a type of spinal fusion surgery. It is also known as Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion and its purpose is to stabilize the vertebrae and shock absorber between. Fusion surgery creates a solid bone between the two adjoining vertebra and effectively eliminates any movement between the bones. Ultimately, its goal is to reduce the overall pain of the spine and whatever irritation may be happening to the nerves.
The surgery is performed from the back of the spine, where hardware is placed on the spine and it will increase the fusion rate. Additional screws and rods are attached to the back of the vertebra and a spacer goes between the discs on one side of the spine. The neurosurgeon then uses a bone graft from the patient’s pelvis to be placed into the interbody space and be fused. When the graft heals, the vertebra from above and below fuse together and form one bone. There are two types of incisions used:
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion: In this type of surgery, an anterior abdominal incision is used to reach the spine.
- Posterior lumbar interbody fusion: In this type of surgery, a posterior incision is used to reach the spine.
After their TLIF surgery, patients can expect to be in the hospital for three to five days and begin physical therapy for mobility the day after the surgery. Although patients are discharged after a short stay, they are granted oral pain medication and are expected to follow up with their neurosurgeon after several weeks. After four to six weeks, they will be able to return to office work as normal.
Who Needs TLIF?
This surgery may be recommended for certain conditions. Of these are spondylolisthesis, a degenerative disc disease, or if you have a recurrent disc herniation. In order to determine if TLIF surgery is right for you it is important for you to consult with a neurosurgeon and speak to them about your concerns. They can advise you on whether you would benefit from the surgery.