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Information on how transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is performed by the skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute in Scottsdale

At Laser Spine Institute we know how difficult it can be to live with chronic pain. Daily activities can seem like mountainous tasks and it can be very frustrating to get through what used to seem like a normal routine. To help our patients find relief, our surgeons dedicate themselves every day to providing minimally invasive spine surgery, including transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. These procedures are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery.^

The aging spine

As we age, the elements of the spine can start to deteriorate, leading to severe spine conditions and chronic pain. Injury and other traumas can also cause problems, or make existing problems worse. For patients suffering from instability caused by these types of spinal conditions, we offer several procedures that help to provide relief while also increasing overall stability.

Minimally invasive stabilization

Patients who require stabilization of the spine benefit from a minimally invasive approach to fusion called minimally invasive stabilization (MIS) surgery. These outpatient procedures are performed through a small incision, sparing the muscles from being cut or torn. During a minimally invasive stabilization procedure, the surgeon removes the affected disc and inserts an implant and bone to provide immediate stability and relief from pain. This allows the disc space to fuse. Additional implants may be necessary to further stabilize the spine.

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

One of the minimally invasive stabilization procedures we offer is the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. This is a less invasive alternative to traditional open back fusion. Its focus is to relieve back pain caused by spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc. Some of the many benefits of this procedure include the following:

  • Performed with a small incision
  • A reduced risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • No hospital-associated costs
  • Muscles are separated, instead of cut or torn

The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute in Scottsdale treat a variety of common spinal conditions using the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, including the following:

If your doctor has recommended traditional open neck or back surgery for a painful spine condition, we invite you to learn more about the minimally invasive procedures offered at our center.

Help for painful spine conditions

Contact a member of our Care Team today to find out if you are a candidate for surgery at our center. We will assess your situation to determine if we can help. With a 96 patient satisfaction score^, our helpful staff and expert surgeons will always provide you with the highest level of care available.