• Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

      Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition affecting millions of Americans each year.  Nerve compression can cause pain, numbness, and weakness, and can interfere with simple activities of daily living.  When non-operative management fails to control the symptoms, surgery may be indicated.  This typically consists of spinal decompression, and possibly spinal fusion.  Traditionally, this surgical procedure is performed through a midline incision in the back, in order to access the spine.  Historically, this procedure has very successful results.  However, with advances in technology, this procedure now be performed in certain patients through a minimally invasive approach.

      With a steady push from surgeons, and a growing demand for minimally invasive surgery from patients, industry has responded with the development of improved lighting and retractor technology, to allow for the development of this new technique.  Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS TLIF) is technically demanding; however, studies have shown a more rapid recovery for patients. Although very few spinal surgeons have been able to adopt to this new technique, Dr. Varma has extensive experience with this surgery.

      For more information, or to find out if you are a candidate for a minimally TLIF procedure, please call our office and make an appointment with Dr. Varma.