Replay of: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Procedure

Dr. Vivek P. Kushwaha will demonstrate the TLIF Procedure. A Safe, Effective Surgical Option for Severe Back Pain during a live webcast from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

First Seen Live Webcast: Monday, December 13th, 2004, 5:30 pm CST (23:30 UTC)

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Houston, Texas- At any given time, some 15-20 percent of the country is suffering from back pain. When conservative treatments fail, surgeons must weigh the risks and benefits of a variety of complex surgical procedures.

Join the Discussion! Memorial Hermann Hospital is sponsoring a forum with Dr. Vivek Kushwaha answering your questions on the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedure for severe back pain. Click here to join the discussion.

On Monday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, accomplished spinal surgeon, Vivek P. Kushwaha, M.D., demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the innovative transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedure during a live, global Webcast broadcast from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Kushwaha made an incision in the patient's back, but approach the spine from the side. Some vertebral bone was removed, allowing access to the disk and reducing nerve exposure. The disc is then removed and replaced by a spacer and bone-graft material. Rods and screws also are placed in the vertebra to support the spine over the next several months as bone is growing and connecting the vertebra. This fusion eliminates movement at the affected site and usually significantly reduces or eliminates pain, allowing the patient to resume normal activities.

The webcast uses Realplayer to display both video and synchronized slides in side by side windows. Viewers can download a free copy of the player here.

It is not necessary to purchase any of Real's premium players or subscription plans. The free basic player is all that is required to view the surgery.

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