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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 one 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 damaged 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.
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There are several advantages to having a TLIF spinal surgery:
Usually, after a TLIF spinal surgery, patients get relief from leg pain within a few days. Back pain also improves after a few weeks. The next symptom to disappear is usually weakness. Your strength may completely return to normal. Numbness and “pins and needles” sensations also significantly improve after surgery.
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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.
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If you’re 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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Effective pain relief; less scarring— a postage stamp-sized incision (less than an inch in length) is often all that it takes to eliminate your pain.
Our minimally invasive and outpatient procedures will have you back in the comfort of your home on the very same day.
Our surgeons use advanced video-assisted technology to optimize the effectiveness of your procedure while minimizing post-operative pain.
Our board certified surgeons are skilled in the latest minimally invasive techniques to deliver lasting solutions to your neck & back pain.