Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

  • Burak M. OzgurEmail author
  • Scott C. Berta
  • Samuel A. Hughes

Methods of spinal arthrodesis continue to evolve in efforts to treat back pain. The latest techniques include approaching from the anterior, posterior, lateral, and posterolateral. The transforaminal interbody lumbar fusion (TLIF) developed by Harms [1] is a modification of the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF). The procedure varies primarily in the access to the spine, being a unilateral, posterolateral approach to the spine [2]. Simultaneous pedicle screw fixation can be used to achieve anterior column stability.


Interbody Fusion Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Pedicle Screw Instrumentation Percutaneous Pedicle Screw 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Burak M. Ozgur
    • 1
    Email author
  • Scott C. Berta
    • 2
  • Samuel A. Hughes
    • 3
  1. 1.Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of NeurosurgeryCedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Neurosurgery Resident, Division of NeurosurgeryUniversity of California-San Diego, UCSD Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurological SurgeryOregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA

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