Fusion surgery corrects problems of the spine’s small bones (vertebrae) and creates stabilization by fusing or joining two or more vertebrae together. This restricts motion between the bones and allows for decompression of the compressed nerves.
Two of the most common fusion techniques are transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, or TLIF, and oblique lumbar interbody fusion technique, or OLIF.
Both involve removal of the damaged disc or vertebrae and fusion of the adjacent bones through an incision in the patient’s back. The primary difference between these two techniques is the angle at which the disc is approached.
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