TLIF Back Surgery

Robert Louis, MD specializes in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) surgery in Orange County

Robert Louis, MD, your Orange County Neurosurgeon, performs Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) surgery is a surgical technique to stabilize the spinal vertebra and the disc or shock absorber between the vertebra.

Spinal Fusion Surgery Procedure

Dr. Louis will perform TLIF back surgery through the posterior (back) part of the spine. Surgical hardware is applied to the spine to help 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 is obtained from the patient’s pelvis, although bone graft substitutes are also sometimes used. As the bone graft heals, it fuses the vertebra above and below and forms one long bone.

What are the results?

Studies indicate that the patient’s pain is improved 60% to 70% after TLIF spinal fusion surgery and approximately 80% of patients undergoing TLIF spinal fusion surgery are satisfied with the surgical result. For patients with disabling back pain and leg pain significant benefits can be obtained with a successful spinal fusion.

Is TLIF Back Surgery the Right Treatment for You?

For more information on TLIF Back Surgery, please call Dr. Louis at (949) 383-4185 or Contact Us.