Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Minimally Invasive Back Surgery

TLIF surgery Irritated and compressed, the nerve and nerve roots surrounding the lumbar spine region can set off a chain reaction that provides the foundation for so many spinal conditions.

Beyond causing intermittent or chronic pain, nerve compression acts as one of the most noticeable symptoms of conditions like Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative Disc Disease and disc herniations. With so many people suffering from lower back pain it is important to not only understand the root of this pain and the mechanism through which the pain travels, but perhaps more importantly, the available treatments for these conditions.

For many patients suffering from lower back pain, the procedure known as Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) can be a possible treatment.

In the following post we will explore the details and step-by-step procedure of the Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, as well as how it differs from other Interbody Fusion procedures. We will take a closer look at the spinal conditions treatable by a TLIF and explore both the risks and benefits of this procedure.

About the author

BASIC Spine is associated with the Center of Excellence at Chapman Medical Center. Dr. G. Thaiyananthan is medical director for their Blue Distinction Center of Excellence and our medical facility was the first to offer advanced stem cell therapy with the inSRT product. Winning the Patience choice award for three years running, the insight and experience shared is offered to help better the world of which we live in. Often doctors and patients reach for the most invasive procedure to heal an injured back. Sometimes patients feel that only back surgery will "cure" them, or a doctor may feel that spinal surgery is the only way to handle the problem. In some situations, surgery is a viable treatment, but we believe strongly in utilizing the least invasive measures first. BASIC Spine is your one stop practice for all of your spinal problems. We are a dedicated group of chiropractors, physical therapists, pain management specialists, and spine surgeons who want to find the best way to treat your spine. We pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary approach, and we have a specific treatment philosophy that informs all our recommendations.


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Maxine, you are more than welcome to schedule an appointment with our office. One of our spine surgeons can take a look and try to help!


I am going to have lumbar fusion L5-S1 on April 18. I have panic attacks, anxiety and am afraid of surgery.

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