An adaption of the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) procedure, the TLIF technique employs a unilateral approach to the disc space through the intervertebral foramen. Requiring only a partial unilateral facet resection, the TLIF procedure when compared to a PLIF:
The unique unilateral TLIF approach requires specific implants and instrumentation to facilitate thorough disc space preparation and accurate cage placement.
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