Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, Spine Surgeon
A Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is a spinal fusion designed to stabilize the spinal vertebra and the disc or shock absorber between the vertebra. All lumbar fusion surgery is designed to create solid bone between the adjoining vertebra, eliminating any movement between the bones. The goal of the surgery is to reduce pain and nerve irritation.
A Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is done through the posterior (back) part of the spine.
Surgical hardware is applied to the spine to enhance the fusion rate. Pedicle screws and rods are attached to the back of the vertebra and an interbody fusion spacer is inserted into the disc space from one side of the spine.
Bone graft is placed into the interbody space and alongside the back of the vertebra to be fused. Bone graft may be obtained from the patient’s pelvis, although bone graft substitutes may also sometimes used.
Dr. Haid assesses the possible use of Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures where ever they may be appropriate. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Haid's contribution to minimally invasive spine surgery, you may wish to visit his Curriculum Vitae on this website.