TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Discectomy with Interbody Fusion)


Do you have a herniated, damaged or bulging disc? Do you have a pinched nerve? Perhaps you suffer from chronic spinal pain due to disc degeneration.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure called TLIF, or Transforaminal Lumbar Discectomy with Interbody Fusion.


TLIF’s name is a mouthful, but this procedure is a quick and simple outpatient surgery offered at NJ Spine & Orthopedic.

Our surgeons are experts in TLIF procedures – we have been performing them for over 10 years. We have developed and refined a minimally invasive technique that allows for outpatient fusions to be performed on a regular, weekly basis.

These are done through a small incision, under 1 inch in size, in which doctors go around muscles and surround tissue instead of cutting through them.

This technique allows our patients to go home the very same day.

TLIF: a 2-in-1 treatment

Transforaminal Lumbar Discectomy: The “TL” in TLIF

Disc-related conditions can be debilitating; especially when they cause chronic spine pain. Transforaminal Lumbar Discectomy is the removal or partial removal of a damaged disc or discs, from a herniated, bulging or degenerated disc.

Interbody Fusion: the “IF” in TLIF

Once the damage discs have been removed, if a damaged disc is severe enough or has progressed far enough to affect multiple levels of your spine, an interbody fusion to fuse the affected area of your spine will be done.


When conservative treatments have failed, a minimally invasive TLIF may be your next best option.

At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we are dedicated to creating a personalized treatment plan for every patient who sees us, and a quick consultation with one of our expert doctors – who will review your MRI or CT scan – will help you find out if you qualify for a TLIF.

A shorter recovery

Our doctors are highly skilled at both procedures and combine the two into one, quick treatment session. Patients receive a quick, outpatient experience without having to undergo multiple surgeries, resulting in a reduced recovery period.

Take the next step towards fixing your pain

See if you qualify for TLIF treatment by trying our free Candidacy Check tool
before talking with someone at NJSO.

If youre ready to talk with a spine specialist to help you decide whether TLIF treatment is your best option for lasting pain relief, call us today at 855-586-2615

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