Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (TLIF)

Transforaminal-Lumbar-Interbody-Fusion-(TLIF)-Back-SurgeryWhat is the procedure for TLIF surgery?

A transforaminal lumbar interbody surgery is another method of spinal fusion procedure. This is used to treat painful vertebras in the person’s spinal column. Spinal fusion is the surgical method used to fuse, or ‘weld’, together two or more painful consecutively placed vertebras so as to make them a single bone by restricting their movements completely. An interbody fusion is a method involves the removal of the cushioning disc (lumbar disc) from between two vertebras. The empty space created by the removal of the vertebral disc is filled by placing a bone spacer (bone graft) or an artificial spacer (made from plastic or metal). These spacers help promote bone grafting between the two consecutive vertebras. The surgeon will usually fix the spacers in place using metal screws, plates and rods to help stabilize the spinal column till bone fusion gets completed between the vertebras. The transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgical technique requires the surgeon to approach the spine from a side so as to avoid coming in excessive contact with the vital nerves in the spinal column. The surgeon will then remove the damaged vertebral disc from between two vertebras and replace it with either a bone graft or a ‘spacer’ implant made from plastic or metal. The ‘spacer’ is fixed in place with the help of surgical screws, plates or rods to help stabilize the two consecutive vertebras as well as to promote bone fusion between them.

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Success Rates and Risks of the TLIF Surgery

The success rate of a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery is very high compared to other methods of spinal fusion surgeries. Around 60%-70% patients experience relief from back pain and around 80% are completely satisfied with the overall results. The TLIF surgery is advantageous because:
  • Bone fusion is faster as the bone graft or ‘spacer’ implanted between the vertebras is fitted along the ‘grooves’ of the spine and also covers the disc space.
  • The ‘spacer’ implants replace the vertebral disc but provide normal height and also relieves any pressure from the nerve roots in the spinal column.
  • TLIF approach is from the side and this helps to avoid disturbing the nerve roots as much as possible which results in no nervous complications later due to the surgery.
[free_quotes_and_consultation] There are potential risks of TLIF surgery that are mostly seen in almost all major types of surgical procedures, such as:
  • Infection
  • Blood loss
  • Nerve injury
  • Possible repetitive surgery
  • Continued/increased pain
  • Blood clot
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke

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Why Choose India for TLIF Surgery?

India is now known for providing the best healthcare and treatments for a wide range of medical disorders. There is a vast network of hospitals and clinics in India that are equipped with the most advanced diagnostic and surgical technology instruments. India offers global standard of quality in medical treatments at the most affordable prices.

Connect with Travcure TLIF Surgery in India?

Travcure Medical Tourism are the forerunners in providing all types of orthopedic surgical treatments in India. Travcure is well connected to a large number of world-class orthopedic specialty hospitals and clinics that have the latest and most modern equipment to ensure the highest quality of orthopedic treatments for its patients. The orthopedic specialists and surgeons in these hospitals are highly-trained and have a vast experience in handling all types of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery. Travcure offers all its patients with the best quality of treatment at the most affordable prices.[free_quotes_and_consultation]

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