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Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is an innovative procedure that allows spine surgeons to reduce the risk of nerve injury by approaching the spine from the side. Through a single incision in the back, surgeons remove the damaged bone and disc, and replace it with a spacer and bone graft material. The bone graft includes human growth protein and the patient’s own bone marrow.

TLIF has the added benefit of eliminating scar tissue in the spine, which allows for revision spine surgery, if needed in the future. Other potential benefits include less blood loss, reduced surgical time, reduced trauma to surrounding tissues, shorter hospital stays, and higher rates of successful vertebrae fusion.

Your spine surgeon will give you specific information related to your particular condition and lifestyle goals, as well as a detailed description of the surgery and instructions on how to make the best recovery.

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