The two primary types of medical devices used in a spinal fusion surgery include pedicle screws and anterior interbody cages or spacers. When it has been determined that a spine fusion is appropriate, the surgical technique utilized may vary. There are three main posterior fusion techniques (all three are usually performed with pedicle screw fixation):Posterolateral gutter fusion surgery: This type of spinal fusion involves placing bone graft in the posterolateral portion of the spine Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) surgery: A PLIF involves placing bone graft and/or spinal implant (e.g. cage) directly into the disc space in the front of the spine. Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery: A TLIF is essentially like an extended PLIF, as it also involves expanding the disc space by removing one entire facet joint.
Related Journals of Techniques in Spine surgery
Surgery: Current Research, Journal of Universal Surgery, Journal of Surgery [Jurnalul de Chirurgie], Journal of Vascular Medicine & Surgery, Spine Research, Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, The Journal of Spinal Surgery