Transforaminal interbody fusion may require revision surgeries versus posterolateral fusion alone

Takeaway

  • Transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF) quadruples the likelihood of the need for additional surgical interventions in patients undergoing posterolateral fusion (PLF) for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis compared with isolated PLF.

Why this matters

  • The optimal fusion technique to minimise the need for revision and/or additional back surgeries is unclear.