Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is done under general anesthesia. In the procedure, the disc is removed and the front (anterior) of the spine stabilized using a cage implant packed with bone graft. The procedure is done from the back of the spine through small skin incision(s). A series of dilators are inserted to separate the muscles and finally, a hollow working tube is introduced, and all the dilators removed. Then, through a surgical microscope and/or loupe magnification the surgeon uses various tools to remove the herniated disc and/or spurs, and subsequently inserts the cage implant. This is consequently supplemented by inserting screws into the adjacent vertebral bodies which are then held together by a rod. The patients are typically discharged from the hospital the next day.