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Transverse Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is a spine surgery where the lumbar spine is approached through an incision in the back. A portion of bone and disc are removed from the spine and an intradiscal fusion device is placed into the disc space and supplemented with titanium screws and rods.

During a TLIF operation, an incision is made in the patient's back to allow the surgeon access to the spine. Once the spine is in view, the surgeon will remove a portion of bone from the appropriate areas of the spine to allow the surgeon to access the disc space.

Following surgery, the patient may be hospitalized for several days but should be walking by the end of the first day. Medications may be prescribed for any post-surgical pain.