Spine surgery is often needed to address disc degeneration. When a disc space collapses and no longer provides cushioning, it causes deformity to the adjacent functional discs. The force of gravity becomes more destructive, enabling increased wear and tear, arthritis, osteophytes, stenosis, and pain. Many treatment methods relieve pain temporarily but fail to target the underlying problem.
MIS TLIF surgery addresses the root cause of the pain. For example, rather than simply unpinching a pinched nerve, MIS TLIF addresses the issue of why the nerve was pinched in the first place. The procedure can restore disc space height, strengthen a weak joint, and restore spinal alignment. MIS TLIF results in long-term pain relief because the overall spinal function is improved.
MIS TLIF is helpful for patients with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), Adjacent Segment Degeneration (ASD), or Adult Spinal Deformity, and spinal instability. It is challenging to perform the surgery through a tube smaller than your index finger, but using a microscope for brain surgery enables the surgeon to hone micro spine surgery skills. This allows the surgeon to handle the nerves and spinal cord more delicately.