Revision Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Brenton Pennicooke, Kamal Kolluri, Arati B. Patel, Lee A. Tan, Praveen V. Mummaneni

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A failed transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) may require a salvage surgery in patients who develop new or recurrent symptoms. The causes of symptoms after a previous TLIF include adjacent segment stenosis, instability after previous decompressive surgery, pseudarthrosis, and cage subsidence. There are various options to approach the removal of an interbody cage, including anterior, lateral, and posterior-only approaches. When performing a revision TLIF operation, a minimally invasive or an open procedure may be performed. However, the surgeon should consider their experience and the potential complications associated with any particular approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevision Lumbar Spine Surgery
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780323712019
ISBN (Print)9780323712026
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Adjacent segment stenosis
  • Pseudarthrosis
  • Revision surgery
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion


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