Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

About this Surgery

Used to treat: Spondylolysis (Lumbar), Spondylolisthesis (Lumbar), Lumbar Trauma/Fractures

A transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF) is a technique where the disc is removed from the posterior approach.  The bony endplates are scraped until rough and the space is filled with a plastic or metal cage and bone chipes to achieve a fusion between the vertebral bodies.

When combined with a posterior fusion, this provides 360° spinal stability without the need for a second anterior incision.

Please keep in mind that all treatments and outcomes are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results and other important medical information.