Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) in Kirkland, WA

What is Minimally Invasive TLIF?

This minimally invasive procedure is used to remove a degenerated disc to relieve the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. It is performed through a small incision on the back.


Before The Procedure

After anesthesia has been administered and the patient is positioned face down, the surgeon uses a portable x-ray machine to identify the diseased vertebral level or levels. Then, the surgeon makes the smallest possible incision in the skin directly above the target level.

Accessing the Vertebra

A series of dilators of increasing size are carefully passed through muscles and soft tissue using the
guidance of the portable x-ray machine. The surgeon slides a tubular retractor over the dilators and removes the dilators, creating a working channel that leaves muscle tissue intact. This working channel allows the surgeon to access the target vertebra and painful nerve root in a way that minimizes incisional pain and scarring of the muscles.

Removing the Disc

The surgeon may use a microscope or endoscope to direct surgical instruments through the working
channel. First, the surgeon removes bone at the rear of the vertebrae to create an opening. This opening will provide a clear route to the degenerated disc. The surgeon works through this opening to carefully remove the disc. Some of the disc wall is left behind to help contain the bone graft.

Schedule a Consultation with Spine Surgeon Edward Jung, MD Today

Dr. Jung will work with you diligently to determine your best treatment options. We will take the time to educate you and answer your questions. We believe in engaging our patients to empower them to make the best decision to suit their condition.

Dr. Jung provides care to patients in the Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, and the Eastside of Seattle, to see if you are a candidate for Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, please contact our office at (425) 823-4000 or request an appointment online!

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