Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is also termed as less invasive spine surgery. The procedure involves the doctors to use specific instruments to reach the spine through small incisions
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) are two types of spinal fusion procedures that employ a back area incision approach to fuse the lumbar spine bones together using an interbody fusion technique.
Bone spurs may occur which can drive to a contraction of the nerve root canal resulting in foraminal stenosis. The pinched spinal nerve becomes swollen and painful.
When one says interbody fusion, it means the intervertebral disc is extracted and reinstated with a bone spacer which can be a metal or plastic type. The Posterior lumbar interbody fusion is a traditional method and is usually favored when one or two spinal levels are being blended in conjunction with a posterior decompression and use of metal screws/rods is involved.
TLIF transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is a more modern technique and includes placing only one bone graft spacer in the middle of the interbody space, without retraction of the spinal nerves.