Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a spine surgery in which the lumbar spine or lower back is approached through an incision in the back to place interbody implants or bone graft between two vertebaes for spinal stabilization. Orange County orthopaedic surgeon Todd Peters, MD is highly experienced in TLIF and has completed numerous TLIF procedures.

Interbody fusion involves removing the intervertebral disk and implanting a metal, plastic, or bone spacer in between the two adjoining vertebrae. These spacers usually contain bone graft material to promote bone healing and facilitate the fusion. After the spacer is inserted, metal screws, plates, and rods are used to further stabilize the spine.

Conditions Treated by Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • Spinal instability in their lower back
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis

    Benefits of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • Minimally invasive
  • Small incision
  • Less surgery time
  • Less blood loss and scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activity
    For more information about TLIF or to request an appointment with Orange County orthopaedic surgeon Todd Peters at (949) 383-4182.