The TLIF procedure has traditionally been performed as what is called an “open” technique, which required making a larger incision as well as the cutting and retracting of muscle and tissue. Although effective, the traditional TLIF requires a long recovery period of several weeks or months.
Dr. Kubeck, however, specializes in performing a minimally invasive TLIF. Dr. Kubeck first makes a small incision off the middle of your lower back and inserts a small tube through the incision until it “rests” on the spine. Using special surgical instruments, Dr. Kubeck performs the entire TLIF procedure through the tube.
By working through the small tube instead of a traditional “open” incision, Dr. Kubeck is able to significantly reduce the amount of muscle and tissue he needs to cut or disrupt, and the amount of blood loss. This typically translates to a shorter hospital stay and faster patient recovery times.