Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is a treatment patented by Dr. Sherwin Hua and is provided at the Allied Pain & Spine Institute. This small incision procedure is the most minimally invasive treatment available for spinal fusion. A Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) uses a dime- or nickel-sized incision of 18-20mm, helping to ensure the patient experiences reduced risk and faster recovery after treatment.
A fusion surgery can result in 7-10-inch incisions, which are significantly larger than those used in a TLIF procedure. With alternative treatments, such as the Medtronic’s Sextant system, six or more dime-sized incisions are used to achieve the same results as a TLIF. At the Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we can provide a full lumbar pedicle screw fusion using the TLIF system, with much smaller, and therefore minimally invasive, incisions.
Reduced Tissue Damage
When smaller incisions are used, it results in less tissue damage for the patient. Larger incisions also come with the risk of disrupting the adjacent anatomy. The TLIF minimally invasive system helps ensure that patients recover faster and are able to get back to work and doing the things that make life so wonderful. At the Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we are committed to comprehensive, innovative treatment options which include the numerous benefits of using the TLIF system as a better alternative to traditional treatment options.
When you opt for treatment using the TLIF system, there is usually no need for a laminectomy. This helps ensure that ligamentous connections with adjacent levels are maintained. If you have spinal stenosis and back pain, the Allied Pain & Spine Institute recommends a consultation with our team, as the TLIF system is the most appropriate and beneficial treatment option for patients in San Jose and the surrounding area.
Contact our offices today to find out more about TLIF and the benefits it will provide for pain relief and improved mobility.