Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS-TLIF) Specialist

Remi Ajiboye, MD, MPH

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon located in Torrance, CA & El Segundo, CA

Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS-TLIF) Q & A

What is minimally invasive lumbar fusion?

Minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery is a favorable alternative to traditional open surgery. With minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Remi Ajiboye uses specialized tools to perform an operation through a small incision. Compared to traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) offers the following advantages:

  • Smaller incisions with less scarring
  • Less damage to surrounding muscles and tissue
  • Less post-surgical pain
  • Easier recovery
  • Less risk for blood loss and infection

Minimally invasive lumbar fusion can be performed front (ALIF), back (TLIF) or side (XLIF) of the spine.

Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) is a minimally disruptive approach to traditional open back surgery. In MIS-TLIF, rather than starting from the center of the back and spreading the muscles outward, the surgical approach starts at an angle to the spine and bluntly splits (rather than cuts) back muscles on just one side. By minimizing the amount of muscle tissue disruption, this procedure leads to faster recovery and shorter hospital stays by reducing pain, scarring, and bleeding often seen in traditional open back surgeries.

Although spine surgery sounds daunting, minimally invasive techniques and Dr. Remi Ajiboye’s expert hands make the operation as uncomplicated as possible.

Dr Remi Ajiboye is a minimally invasive spine specialist serving Torrance, California, El Segundo and the surrounding communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Lomita, Carson, Lawndale, Gardena, Hawthorne, and greater Los Angeles. Contact Remi Ajiboye, MD, online or over the phone to set up an appointment.