Who Needs Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Back Surgery?
The surgeon will apply a piece of surgical hardware to the spine to encourage fusion. They will insert an interbody fusion spacer into the disc space from one side of the spine. Then they will attach pedicle screws and rods to the back of the vertebra.
In this procedure, the doctor will place a bone graft into the interbody space and alongside the vertebra. Most often, the doctor will take the bone graft from the patient’s pelvis, but sometimes they use substitutes.
After your bone graft heals, your vertebrae fuse and form one long bone.
The surgeon may provide specific post-operative instructions to ensure a quicker recovery. In general, patients return to their regular activities after surgery within a few weeks.