The innovative Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) procedure allows surgeons to reduce nerve exposure by approaching the spine from the side, with only a single incision in the back. With this technique, surgeons remove damaged vertebral bone, allowing access to remove the disc and replace it with a spacer and bone graft material.
Rather than using conventional methods to promote bone regrowth, surgeons use an innovative technique of substituting crushed cadaver bone mixed with human growth protein and the patient's own bone marrow to reduce hip pain and lower the rates of infection and complications. We also see reductions in pelvic bone pain, infection and complication rates with this process. In the case of revision spine surgeries, TLIF allows surgeons to avoid scar tissue from previous operations.
Patient benefits can include:
Our Spine Care Center offers qualifying patients with degenerative disc disease access to this leading-edge surgery. While other procedures may only reduce or eliminate pain, disc replacement both reduces pain and maintains mobility in the spine. It has the added benefit of reducing the need for future spine surgeries.
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