Am I A Candidate For Disc Fusion?

hands of woman touching her back painYour back health plays a pivotal role in how you go about your daily routine. Lingering back pain can often affect other body areas, making it challenging to survive the day. Our bodies undergo dozens of changes as we age, and our spine is no different. For some people, spinal structure changes can lead to degenerative disc disease, which impacts the shock-absorbing discs in the spine. Dr. Albert specializes in Transforaminal Interbody Fusion, a ground-breaking treatment designed to fight degenerative disc disease. If your back pain has you at your wit’s end, don’t fret.

Here are a few ways that a TLIF procedure may help put an end to your back pain.

What is A TLIF Procedure?

The design of a TLIF surgery is to stabilize the spinal joint by fusing two or more discs. It helps to keep dangerous and unnatural spinal movements from occurring by fusing two essential spinal columns together, primarily the anterior and posterior columns. 

Discs may need to be fused for several reasons, some of which include:

  • Tears in tissue
  • Herniation
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis

How Long Is the Procedure

If Dr. Albert recommends you for the surgery, the amount of time it takes from start to finish varies with each patient. In most cases, the procedure generally takes between one and three to complete. 

How Long is the Recovery Time From TLIF?

If you undergo a TLIF procedure, your recovery time also varies. Some patients start to feel like themselves around 12 weeks after surgery, but in other cases, it may take some people up to a year to feel completely recovered. It may take longer in some cases to allow adequate time for the nerves to heal and regenerate to full strength.

There are many benefits of having a TLIF procedure, which can bring life-changing results. Living your life free of back pain can do wonders for your outlook and positively affect your overall health. 

The first step in finding out if a TLIF procedure is correct for you is to schedule a consultation with our office. Please call us today and speak with a professional at 212-606-1004.

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