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An adaption of the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) procedure, the TLIF technique employs a unilateral approach to the disc space through the intervertebral foramen. Requiring only a partial unilateral facet resection, the TLIF procedure when compared to a PLIF:

  • Preserves the laminar arch and contra lateral facet
  • Avoids bilateral scarring
  • Avoids significant dural retraction which may reduce the risk of intraoperative dural tears
  • Offers a revision strategy that may not exist with a PLIF due to bilateral scarring

The unique unilateral TLIF approach requires specific implants and instrumentation to facilitate thorough disc space preparation and accurate cage placement.

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