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Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (Mi-TLIF)  Surgery in Dallas, TX

Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) is a less invasive form of spinal fusion surgery. By using state-of-art screws and innovative intra-operative guidance we are able to perform the surgery with minimal muscle and soft tissue trauma. Often times the procedure is able to be done with a single 2 inch incision!

Our surgeons work with the most experienced access surgeons in the country to use a muscle preserving techniques during the mi-TLIF procedures.

What happens during Mi-TLIF?

An incision is made in the back of the spine. Often times the procedure can be completed through a 2 inch incision. Once the level is localized and confirmed we then mark the location of the screws utilizing a muscle sparing trajectory. Then the surgeon will perform a laminectomy to decompress the spinal sac and the nerve roots. Then while protecting the nerve roots, the disc is identified. The damaged disc material is removed and a spacer is then placed between the vertebrae to maintain alignment, provide indirect decompression, and serve as a conduit for the fusion. The screws are then placed and connected by a rod to stabilize the segment.


There are a number of benefits to minimally invasive TLIF over traditional approaches.

  • With a Mi-TLIF, the muscle trauma is minimal due to screw trajectory
  • The spinal nerves are identified and directly decompressed to minimize tissue trauma.
  • Preservation of the muscles leads to a faster recovery and minimal blood loss.

Am I A Candidate for ALIF?

At Texas Spine Associates, Dr. Shah, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Happ will work with you diligently to determine your best treatment options. We will take the time to educate you and answer your questions. We believe in engaging our patients to empower them to make the best decision to suit their condition.

To see if you are a candidate for an mi-TLIF or to learn your options for lumbar surgery, please contact Texas Spine Associates  at (972) 987-0969 and schedule an in-office consultation.

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