Minimally invasive stabilization options for spinal stenosis

By Michael Perry, M.D.

A minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) at Laser Spine Institute is a potential treatment for spinal stenosis and other degenerative spine conditions that cause chronic pain. In cases of spinal stenosis, or narrowing, the goal of a TLIF is to open up spinal nerve pathways to relieve compression while stabilizing a segment of the lumbar (lower) spine.

Degenerative conditions like herniated discs or bulging discs can often cause spinal narrowing and nerve compression. During a minimally invasive TLIF procedure, surgeons make a small incision to access the damaged area of the spine. The surgeon removes bone spurs and disc material that may be pressing on nerve structures. Next, the surgeon removes the entire damaged spinal disc and moves the surrounding vertebrae back to their normal positions. A bone graft is inserted into the disc space, and implants are used to hold the affected vertebrae in place. Over time, the vertebrae will grow together and stabilize, helping to prevent the development of future nerve compression.

Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery

A minimally invasive stabilization procedure like TLIF offers a variety of benefits over a highly invasive traditional open spinal fusion procedure. Traditional procedures require hospitalization, a large incision, disruption of musculature and soft tissues and a long and painful rehabilitation. In contrast, patients undergoing minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute enjoy the following benefits:

  • A streamlined outpatient experience
  • A procedure involving a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques
  • Reduced risk of complication infection and scarring
  • No lengthy recovery^

Recovery from minimally invasive lumbar stabilization treatment

As with any surgery, the recovery process for minimally invasive TLIF will vary from patient to patient. You will be required to have a home health nurse at your residence or hotel for 24 hours after surgery. The first two months after surgery are crucial, and it is important that you follow the instructions of your surgeon very closely.

Staying active without overexerting yourself is a good rule of thumb. Absolutely no heavy lifting, twisting or bending should be performed during the first six weeks of recovery.^ Our team will follow up with you after surgery at one, two, six and 12 weeks post-surgery.

Learning more about stabilization treatment at Laser Spine Institute

If you have lumbar spinal stenosis and are considering surgery to relieve nerve compression, reach out to our caring and dedicated team today to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures, including TLIF. We can help you receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.