Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

Robert F. Heary, John C. Quinn

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The transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a safe, effective, and versatile technique for treating many degenerative conditions in the lumbar spine. The disc space is accessed through a lateral-to-medial transforaminal corridor which has several advantages over direct posterior approaches. The major advantages of the TLIF procedure include a decrease in potential neurological injury and improvement in lordotic alignment. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss surgical technique, important technical nuances, and strategies for complication avoidance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEssentials of Spinal Stabilization
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319597133
ISBN (Print)9783319597126
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • Complication avoidance
  • Posterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion


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