Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Procedure

Our transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a surgical procedure used to assist in stabilizing the spine.


Unlike the traditional open fusion surgery, the minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is performed through a small incision, avoiding extensive muscle and soft tissue trauma.

The traditional TLIF procedure requires excessive amounts of time in recovery, after a long and arduous operation. Our minimally invasive alternative allows you to get back to the life you love sooner. Other benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of infection and complication
  • Shorter overall recovery
  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Shorter or no hospital stay
  • Small incision

What is our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)?

The TLIF procedure can be used to relieve pain and discomfort from the compression of nerve roots, alleviate severe and chronic back pain. This is accomplished by removing the degenerated disc that was causing the nerve root compression.

During the procedure, the surgeon enters the impacted area through a small incision on the patient’s back, directly above the affected vertebrae level. To reach the disc, our surgeons use a series of dilating tubes to carefully stretch the muscle, avoiding excessive cutting or tearing.

Once the largest tube is in place, the surgeon is able to access the impacted disc.

The surgeon then removes the disc and any bone spurs seen in the area of the operation.

At this point, our skilled surgeons will insert synthetic spacer composed of surgical grade plastic or metal combined with bone graft into the open space the disc previously occupied to restore a more normal spinal alignment.

Common spine conditions treated by our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)?

Our transformational lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is effective at treating some of the most common spine conditions, including:

If you have been diagnosed with these or other similar conditions, you may be a candidate for our TLIF procedure.

Common symptoms relieved by our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)?

Living with severe pain is debilitating, which is why we offer effective and innovative procedures like our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) to treat symptoms such as:

  • Localized pain
  • Loss of control or motion
  • Radiating pain
  • Inability to move without pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness in legs or feet
  • Weakness

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If you have any of these symptoms, or have been diagnosed with one or more of the above conditions, contact us today. You may be a candidate for our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar  interbody fusion.

Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.