Vertebra fusion for spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis, which is a slipped vertebra, can sometimes be treated with minimally invasive stabilization surgery. This type of surgery will be aimed at realigning the vertebra and stabilizing the bone with the vertebra above or below it, in order to promote complete stability. It requires the removal of a spinal disc, and the insertion of a bone graft and minimal stabilization implants. If the spondylolisthesis has occurred in your lumbar spine (lower back), Laser Spine Institute could possibly treat this condition through our transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), one of our minimally invasive stabilization procedures.

How is TLIF different than open spine fusion?

When trying to relieve neural compression and reposition a slipped lumbar vertebra, a fusion is one type of procedure that is available. Traditional open spine fusion is a highly invasive option that has historically been the only choice for people who have a slipped vertebra. Spinal fusion in the form of open spine surgery involves:

  • Hospitalization
  • A large incision
  • Disruption of muscles
  • A relatively high risk of infection and scarring
  • A long and difficult rehabilitation

Recent advances in technology, however, have allowed us to perfect a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open spine surgery that typically requires no hospitalization and no disruption of muscles. Our TLIF procedure, like our other minimally invasive procedures, requires only a small incision, which offers patients a greatly expedited recovery^ period and reduced scarring.

Who is a candidate for vertebra stabilization in the form of TLIF?

Rarely will patients require spinal fusion to treat their lumbar spondylolisthesis and often can manage their symptoms with conservative methods such as medication and physical therapy. However, a small percentage of patients will not receive sufficient relief from nonsurgical options. If you are someone who has neural compression caused by vertebral slippage and are considering surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about the minimally invasive options we offer, such as TLIF, that treat cases of lumbar spondylolisthesis. You can speak to one of our Spine Care Consultants and schedule an initial consultation, as well as submit your most recent MRI report or CT scan for review.