Traditionally, TLIF has been performed as an "open" technique with a larger midline incision at the back.
Through this incision, the surgeon cut or strip muscle and tissue to access the vertebrae and disc space which is part of the reason that after the surgery, patients are faced with a long recovery period.
Unlike the traditional TLIF procedure, our surgeons perform the TLIF by percutaneous technique with small keyhole incisions in the back. Without needs to strip muscle out of the bone, patients will have much less pain after surgery, loss less blood during surgery and get back to normal life much faster.
Moreover, surgeons at Bumrungrad Spine Institute also combine the advantages of percutaneous TLIF with use of the advanced surgical navigation system called ‘O-arm’. The O-arm acts like GPS device in a car. Surgeons will see real-time high quality 3D images during surgery which resulted in more than 99% precision. These benefits lead to a shorter hospital stay and more rapid patient recovery time.