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Transverse lumbar interbody fusion

techgurl1988techgurl1988 Posts: 108
edited 06/11/2012 - 2:02 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I did a search for this surgery and didn't find anything. All this time I was saying I was getting a MIS TLIF but it turns out my surgeon is calling the surgery TRANSVERSE not transforaminal. Is it the same thing? He showed me 3 times on a plastic spine that he is going to come in from the back, but will actually be going at the spine sideways. Can anyone clear up the terminology?

Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.
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