TLIF Spine Fusion for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

TLIF spinal fusion
In a TLIF spinal fusion procedure, the neurosurgeon inserts a cage between the affected vertebrae (left) to restore proper positioning. Six to twelve weeks later (right) bone graft material hardens over the cage, making the fusion permanent.

Some neurosurgeons treat EDS using transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). TLIF is an advanced minimally invasive spinal fusion procedure, in which vertebrae are stabilized to take pressure off nerves and relieve back pain. It is a minimally invasive alternative to older, more invasive methods of spinal fusion, which were more painful and required longer recovery periods. TLIF is performed through two very small incisions in the back, so EDS patients experience less pain, shorter recovery times, and fewer surgical complications.

Our Care Team

  • Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Associate Residency Director
Phone: 212-746-2363

Illustration by Thom Graves, CMI

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