Posterior spinal fusion procedure

Earlier compression spine fractures that have never quite healed properly can be painful and lead to many long-term back problems. If you are experiencing the long-term effects of a compression fracture, you might require a posterior spinal fusion procedure to alleviate symptoms and provide spinal stability. Rather than submit to standard open back surgery, consider a minimally invasive stabilization alternative at Laser Spine Institute — transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF).

How TLIF helps spine fractures

Some adults who participated in high-impact athletics as children or adolescents might have dealt with compression fractures within the lumbar (lower back) region of their spines. Often, these fractures fail to heal properly, sometimes resulting in the need for a posterior spinal fusion procedure to alleviate back pain and other symptoms. While standard open back spinal fusion once was the only option, Laser Spine Institute now offers the minimally invasive TLIF. This minimally invasive stabilization (MIS) procedure is meant to achieve the same goals as open back fusion — to remove the source of symptoms and to stabilize the affected vertebral segment — but our surgeons utilize advanced techniques that offer many benefits to open back fusion.

TLIF differs from open back spinal fusion in that:

  • It requires only a small incision
  • It requires no muscle disruption
  • It carries less risk of infection, permanent muscle damage and scar tissue formation
  • The recovery period is much shorter^

When to consider TLIF

Most patients are recommended to start a conservative treatment plan — which may include pain medication, exercise, physical therapy, etc. — to treat compression spine fractures. If these methods fail to provide lasting relief for your pain, your physician may recommend that you explore surgery options, possibly including a posterior spinal fusion procedure. If you find yourself in this position, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our TLIF procedure and other minimally invasive stabilization options. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have already helped more than 75,000 patients to date receive pain relief. You can also request a review of your most recent MRI or CT scan for our team to determine whether you are a candidate for one of our innovative procedures.