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Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) stabilizes the lumbar vertebrae – the spinal bones in the lower back – and decompresses the spinal cord and/or nerves. The procedure is used to alleviate pain, instability and weakness caused by various conditions, including spinal stenosis and disc degeneration. An alternative to open fusion surgery, MIS-TLIF involves a much smaller incision, less trauma to the surrounding muscle and tissue, and a shorter recovery period.

Benefits Of MIS-TLIF

Benefits of MIS-TLIF

Restores Stability

During MIS-TLIF, Dr. Choi creates better alignment in the spine and fuses two or more vertebrae together for dramatically improved strength and stability.

Relieves Pain

The procedure not only prevents painful movement and further degeneration through fusion, it also decompresses the spinal cord and/or nerves for lasting pain relief.

Shorter Recovery

MIS-TLIF involves a much smaller incision and causes less trauma to the surrounding muscles and tissues. This lets patients get back to their daily activities faster.

How Does MIS-TLIF Work?

When performing MIS-TLIF, Dr Choi makes one or two small incisions in your back – the number and length of the incisions will depend on how many levels are to be fused. He then uses a specialized retractor to gain access to the spine with minimal disruption of the surrounding muscle and tissue.

With CT-guidance, Dr. Choi reaches the disc and removes the damaged portion that’s compressing the nerves. He then places a bone graft of spacer into the disc space between the vertebrae. He also uses small pieces of hardware to stabilize the spine. During the healing period, your own bone will grow around the hardware, fusing the vertebrae together.

How Does MIS-TLIF Work?

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