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Evolution of the Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF): From Open to Percutaneous to Patient-Specific – Lumbar Fusion

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The article elaborates on the evolution of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery, highlighting advancements in surgical techniques and patient outcomes. Initially developed as an improvement over posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), TLIF has transitioned from open surgical procedures to minimally invasive techniques like MIS-TLIF, Trans-Kambin’s Triangle TLIF, and transfacet LIF. The latest innovation discussed in the article is the patient-specific TLIF, which incorporates advanced imaging and segmentation technologies for personalized surgical planning based on individual patient anatomy and pathology. These developments signify a trend towards more precise methods in spine surgery and emphasize the importance of continued adaptation and refinement in surgical practices

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The transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) has seen significant evolution since its early inception, reflecting advancements in surgical techniques, patient safety, and outcomes. Originally described as an improvement over the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), the TLIF began as an open surgical procedure, that notably reduced the need for the extensive neural retractation that hindered the PLIF. In line with the broader practice of surgery, trending toward minimally invasive…

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J Clin Med. 2024 Apr 14;13(8):2271. doi: 10.3390/jcm13082271. ABSTRACT The transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) has seen significant evolution since its early inception, reflecting advancements in surgical techniques, patient safety, and outcomes. Originally described as an improvement over the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), the TLIF began as an open surgical procedure, that notably reduced,

J Clin Med. 2024 Apr 14;13(8):2271. doi: 10.3390/jcm13082271.

ABSTRACT

The transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) has seen significant evolution since its early inception, reflecting advancements in surgical techniques, patient safety, and outcomes. Originally described as an improvement over the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), the TLIF began as an open surgical procedure, that notably reduced the need for the extensive neural retractation that hindered the PLIF. In line with the broader practice of surgery, trending toward minimally invasive access, the TLIF was followed by the development of the minimally invasive TLIF (MIS-TLIF), a technique that further decreased tissue trauma and postoperative complications. Subsequent advancements, including Trans-Kambin’s Triangle TLIF (percLIF) and transfacet LIF, have continued to refine surgical access, minimize surgical footprint, and reduce the risk of injury to the patient. The latest evolution, as we will describe it, the patient-specific TLIF, is a culmination of the aforementioned adaptations and incorporates advanced imaging and segmentation technologies into perioperative planning, allowing surgeons to tailor approaches based on individual patient anatomy and pathology. These developments signify a shift towards more precise methods in spine surgery. The ongoing evolution of the TLIF technique illustrates the dynamic nature of surgery and emphasizes the need for continued adaptation and refinement.

PMID:38673544 | DOI:10.3390/jcm13082271

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J Clin Med. 2024 Apr 14;13(8):2271. doi: 10.3390/jcm13082271. ABSTRACT The transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) has seen significant evolution since its early inception, reflecting advancements in surgical techniques, patient safety, and outcomes. Originally described as an improvement over the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), the TLIF began as an open surgical procedure, that notably reduced
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