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Minimally invasive tubular surgery for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

| AANSNeurosurgery

Jon Kimball MS, Andrew Yew, MD, Ruth Getachew BS, and Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD

Department of Neurosurgery, Ronald Reagan Medical Center, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) was originally developed as a method for circumferential fusion via a single posterior approach and is now an extremely common procedure for the treatment of lumbar instability. More recently, minimally invasive techniques have been applied to this procedure with the goal of decreasing tissue disruption, blood loss and postoperative patient discomfort. Here we describe a minimally invasive tubular TLIF on a 60 year-old male with radiculopathy from an unstable L4–5 spondylolisthesis.

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