Lumbar spinal stenosis — transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery

Spinal stenosis, or spinal narrowing, commonly occurs in the lower back due to age-related compression and gradual degeneration of the spine. This form of spinal stenosis often results in chronic lower back pain, with possible radiating pain in the buttock and leg. As spinal stenosis continues to worsen, you might find yourself having difficulty performing hobbies and activities that include bending, twisting, or running. Severe cases of lumbar spinal stenosis may result in limited daily activity, such as standing for long periods or walking.

If you have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, speak with your doctor about conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, yoga, and pain medication, to help relieve your pain. Many cases of lumbar spinal stenosis often respond well to conservative therapies. However, if you are not finding lasting relief from conservative therapy, you might consider trying a surgical approach to help relieve your chronic back pain.

Minimally invasive stabilization

For patients who have exhausted conservative treatments for severe lumbar spinal stenosis and are being recommended for fusion surgery, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive stabilization procedures are an outpatient treatment option that is an alternative to traditional open spinal fusion.

One of the most common minimally invasive stabilization procedures we perform for lumbar spinal stenosis is a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. During this procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision, about an inch in length, in the lower back. Through this incision, the surgeon will gently move aside surrounding muscles and soft tissue to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the damaged disc that is causing the spinal narrowing and instability will be removed, and an implant will be placed in the empty disc space to stabilize the spine and help prevent future nerve compression.

Our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is performed as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art facilities across the country.

An effective alternative to traditional open back fusion

When most patients think of spine surgery, they often think of traditional open back fusion. Traditional open back fusion is highly invasive, requiring overnight hospitalization and a long, potentially difficult recovery period. These and other difficulties make many doctors and patients alike apprehensive about the prospect of undergoing a spinal fusion.

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^ Our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures offer patients the following advantages:


  Minimally
Invasive Procedures
Traditional Open
Back Surgery
Hospital stay Outpatient 2-5 Days
Infection rate 0.41 percent 19 percent
Muscle Disruption Small incision, muscle sparing, muscles separated Muscles cut, torn

Since 2005 we are proud to have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain.

Contact us today for your free MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures.

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