If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain for a long time then you may be wondering how you can finally overcome it and live a more comfortable lifestyle. One of the procedures that may interest you is minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, otherwise known as TLIF. In this article, we’re going to explain more about what minimally invasive TLIF is, but if you have further questions or would like to book a consultation with Dr. Subach, be sure to contact us today.
What is Minimally Invasive TLIF?
Minimally invasive TLIF is a procedure that is used to treat a range of different conditions that result in back-related problems such as reduced disc height, spinal compressions and also instability. As the technique is minimally invasive, it comes with the advantage of fewer side effects and can also provide patients with better results and a higher quality of life when it comes to back-related pain. It doesn’t rely on techniques that invasive procedures use such as screws and plates and instead uses rods and pedicle screws in order to fuse the vertebrae together.
How Does Minimally Invasive TLIF Work?
Minimally invasive TLIF uses micro-tools and graduated dilators in order to reach the spine. It differs from traditional open surgery where a large incision is made over the spine with more cuts through the muscle tissue in order to access the affected vertebras. With a minimally invasive TLIF procedure, small incision is made at the side of the spine. It’s typically only around an inch long and graduated dilators are used to gently part the muscle tissue instead of cutting through it to access the vertebrae.
Minimally invasive TLIF requires that a portion of the vertebral bone be removed. This is usually the lamina of the vertebra which is the bony dome that covers the back of the spinal canal. This opening allows Dr. Subach to access the disc and remove it. Bone graft material is placed inside the vertebrae in order for the fusion to take place.
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Back pain can be a difficult condition to overcome due to the wide variety of potential causes behind it. At Subach Spinal Solutions, we pride ourselves on offering our patients a wide variety of comprehensive treatments and procedures that are aimed specifically at correcting back pain and helping you achieve a happier, healthier quality of life. If you’re interested in minimally invasive TLIF and would like to learn more, be sure to contact us today to schedule your consultation.