The purpose of a Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is to secure and steady the balance of the spine to relieve pain and nerve irritation, along with removing discs that are damaged or diseased.
The TLIF surgery is used to treat certain disc conditions that aren’t helped by more conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Conditions and diseases including:
A lumbar spinal fusion treats back or leg pain by joining, or fusing, 2 or more lumbar discs by creating a bone bridge. The involves removal or partial removal of the problematic vertebral disc.
TLIF offers a faster recovery when compared to traditional fusion surgery since the discectomy occurs through one side of the spine. Your neurosurgeon will excise the damaged or diseased disc. Additional hardware may be attached to increase spine support. A bone graft will be affixed to the spine and, over time, bone will create a bridge above and below the site, thus fusing the bone together and providing a buttress for the spine.
Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) uses new technologies to shorten your recovery time. Spine innovations that our board-certified spine surgeons use on cervical and lumbar spine surgeries include ultrasonic technology and transcollation devices. Ultrasonic devices emulsify bone thus limiting the chances of damage to soft tissue and leakage of spinal fluid. Transcollation technology helps close off blood vessels, and decreases the likelihood of blood loss and limits transfusion rates. These translate into a safer surgery for you and better spinal fusion recovery times.
NSPC offers world-class care for spine conditions—at our medical centers on Long Island and the New York region. Discuss how our award-winning neurosurgeons can help your back feel better—contact us to talk with a spine specialist.
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