Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

Orthop Clin North Am. 2002 Apr;33(2):359-66. doi: 10.1016/s0030-5898(01)00008-6.


Indication and technique of TLIF procedure are described. TLIF provides for anterior column support and posterior tension band. It is a unilateral approach to the spine, and there is no need to expose or manipulate the dura. It provides the benefits of a 360 degrees fusion without performing an anterior approach. It restores the normal anatomy of the motion segment and maintains normal lumbar lordosis. Patients are mobilized quickly and resume activities early.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Fusion*