Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is typically
used to remove a degenerative disc and relieve
pressure on nerve roots in the lumbar spine.
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Image left is from a TLIF procedure performed by Dr. Edward Perry. This image highlights the stealth guided fusion and hardware in use at SpineNevada.
Using the minimally invasive procedure involves a small incision in the
back. Using a portable X-ray machine, the
surgeon locates the diseased vertebral levels.
Making the smallest incision possible, the
surgeon uses a combination of dilators and
tubular retractors to access the vertebra and
remove the degenerative disc. An implant
with bone graft is placed in the empty space,
this realigns the vertebral bones and relieves
pressure on the nerve roots.
Advantages of the minimally invasive TLIF
procedure over traditional spine surgery include smaller incision and less
disruption to muscle tissue. This procedure is
generally performed in an outpatient setting or
23 hour stay. Most patients can return to normal
activity within 2-3 weeks following surgery.
The PediGuard® technology developed by SpineGuard addresses the
need in spine surgery for a safer way to place pedicle screws. PediGuard®
is the world’s first handheld device with the ability to alert spine surgeons
of a potential breach during pedicle screw placement. This allows a greater
degree of safety particularly in minimally Invasive fusion cases, such as TLIF.
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