IBS Hospital offers groundbreaking Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) procedures, enhancing lumbar mobility and reducing pain. Discover the path to a more comfortable and active life through TLIF excellence.
What is TLIF?
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is a surgical approach used to address back or leg pain caused by an intervertebral disc. Unlike traditional rear approaches, TLIF accesses the disc from the side and stabilizes the spine using screws and rods.
After a thorough physical assessment, you will undergo a comprehensive medical investigation for your spinal problem. Once these investigations and medical assessments are completed, your surgery will be meticulously planned, and you will be advised to admit yourself on the day of the surgery
In this procedure, an incision is made in the middle of the lower back. Surgical instruments are employed to remove the entire facet joint on one side, allowing access to the degenerated disc. The problematic disc is then carefully removed under a microscope. Subsequently, with the assistance of navigation and 3D C-Arm technology, two or more spinal bones are fused together using screws and a cage.
What is the process / patient journey for TLIF at IBS Hospital?
You and/or your relative will be provided with a detailed explanation of the procedure, and consent will be obtained. A preanesthesia checkup (PAC) will be conducted, and an intravenous line (IV) will be placed to provide fluids. You will then be transferred to the operating room (OT) for the procedure, where you will receive anesthesia. After the procedure, you will be moved to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Once fully awake, you will be transferred to a hospital room. You will also be given a lumbar brace to provide support while your lower back is healing. Mobilization with the assistance of walking aids will be initiated. Day 2:
You will be monitored in your room and provided with appropriate medications, including pain relievers. You may have a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump. Physical rehabilitation will be part of your treatment plan. Day 3:
You will continue to be monitored in your room, and physical rehabilitation for your back will continue. IV medications may be discontinued, and you may be switched to oral medication. Day 4:
The discharge process will be initiated. You will be briefed on post-discharge exercises to be performed at home and will receive an explanation about discharge medication and follow-up. You will be discharged in stable condition.
What is the post-surgery follow-up and recovery timeline?
You will be advised to avoid bending at the waist to prevent strain or injury. However, you will also be encouraged to gradually increase your activities. As you start feeling better, you may follow specific exercise instructions to improve your strength and mobility.
During the follow-up process, your incisions will be inspected, and you will be asked to visit the doctor after 7 days for stitch removal.
Between 4 to 6 weeks, an X-ray will be taken to confirm that the fusion area is healing properly. Then, after 8 to 12 weeks, patients will be given a prescription for physical therapy that includes gentle back exercises.
Our team of experts that make it possible
Meet the team of highly specialised and experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedicians, and other experts in the field of neurology and spine care. Our team is dedicated to providing personalised and compassionate care to each patient, with the goal of helping them achieve the best possible outcomes.
IBS Hospital Empowers Your Treatment with Cutting-edge Technology
We continuously incorporate cutting-edge technologies from around the world into our offerings, such as a surgical system that allows for precise and confident complex procedures. We use magnetic stimulation to treat certain neurological conditions and create personalised brain maps for tailored treatment plans. Nerve monitoring during surgeries ensures the nervous system is not compromised, and a robotic exoskeleton aids in mobility issues. Our goal at IBS Hospital is to provide the best care possible, utilising the latest and most innovative technologies available.