Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery is spinal fusion surgical technique, performed on the lower back to remove the intervertebral disc and join the two or more spinal bones together with the help of screws and a cage. This method is performed under general anesthesia, and the patient needs to stay in the hospital for 3-5 days.
We have been seeing the boom in the medical tourism industry in India, with each passing day and it holds an essential place in the country. People from across the globe come to India because of the world-class facilities offered by the hospitals. It includes the latest machines, skilled surgeons and the stringent government policies concerning patient care. The principal reason why India has become one of the most searched out destinations is that of the quality and cost. The domineering factor for a TLIF surgery is the presence of a skilled team of spine surgeons and nursing staff along with the advanced rehabilitation centers which provide personalized care to each patient.
The treatment TLIF surgery in India and the quality of treatment provided are at par with some of the most popular medical tourism destinations like Germany, Singapore, Turkey, and Hungary. Treatment cost of TLIF including the surgery, hospital stay, and sight-seeing comes to even less than one-sixth when compared with the treatment cost in US or UK.
Spinal fusion is a type of a back surgery procedure for joining two or more bones permanently in the spine to prevent movement between them. The bones that are joined are called as vertebrae.
Spinal fusion is performed along with other surgical procedures such as foraminotomy or laminectomy and after discectomy in the neck. Spinal fusion is required if the patient has injury or fractures of the spine bones. The spine will become weak due to infection or tumors. Spinal fusion is also performed in abnormal curvatures that result from scoliosis or kyphosis.
Pain medications will be given either by mouth or through an intravenous line. You will be taught how to stand properly, walk, sit and stand. You will not be able to eat for two to three days. Nutrients will be given through an intravenous route. You have to wear a bracelet after leaving the hospital. The surgeon will provide instructions to the patient regarding home care after surgery.
It alleviates nerve pain by creating more space around the spinal cord and nerve roots. Disk fusion surgery reduces post-decompressive deformity. The spine fusion surgery corrects any deformity which is present before surgery. The surgery ensures normal alignment of the spine. Laser spine institute can perform spinal fusion surgery in minimally invasive manner.
Sometimes disk fusion surgery may lead to more back pain and prolongs the recovery time. Inflammation and scaring is also possible after the surgery. Due to nerve irritation, pain or weakness can also occur. The fused segment may also cause stress near the fusion.
The risks of disk fusion surgery include the following:
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