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When Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion May Be Necessary

TLIF is typically considered for patients experiencing chronic back pain, leg pain, or nerve compression symptoms that have not improved with conservative treatments. Conditions that may necessitate TLIF include:

  • Degenerative disc disease resulting in instability and pain
  • Spondylolisthesis, where one vertebra slips over another
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis causing nerve compression and discomfort
  • Recurrent disc herniation or previous unsuccessful spine surgery

The Surgical Procedure

During a TLIF procedure, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon approaches the spine from the back (posteriorly) and removes the damaged disc from between the vertebrae. The space is then filled with a bone graft or spacer to facilitate fusion and restore proper spacing and alignment. Additional hardware, such as screws and rods, may be used to further stabilize the spine.

The minimally invasive approach of TLIF typically results in less muscle disruption and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open spine surgeries.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, our commitment to advanced, minimally invasive spine surgery techniques is evident in our approach to TLIF. We focus on:

  • Advanced imaging and surgical planning for precise and safe execution of the procedure
  • Minimally invasive techniques to reduce tissue trauma and promote faster healing
  • Personalized surgical plans, considering each patient’s unique spinal pathology and overall health

Post-surgical Care and Recovery:

Recovery from TLIF varies depending on the individual case and the extent of the surgery. Patients often experience a significant reduction in pain and improvement in function. The recovery process typically includes physical therapy to strengthen the back and improve flexibility. Regular follow-up appointments are essential to ensure successful spinal fusion and overall recovery.

At Excel Health, our team of spine specialists is dedicated to providing comprehensive care from the initial consultation through the recovery process. Our goal is to help patients achieve optimal spinal health and an improved quality of life through state-of-the-art surgical care and personalized treatment plans.

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