Spinal fusion is designed to stop motion at a painful vertebral segment, thereby decreasing pain generated from the arthritic spine, and gives us the ability to decompress the compressed and painful nerves of the spine within.
Many spinal fusions can now be performed with less invasive techniques. In some cases, surgery is done using an endoscope through small incisions. These patients usually experience fewer complications, less pain, and have a much quicker recovery.
Some spinal fusion procedures, however, involve working around important organs; therefore, special training and skills are required. You can be confident that Dr. Farr is well trained and highly experienced in handling a wide variety of spinal surgeries.
Endoscopic decompression and fusion is a combination of endoscopic discectomy and TLIF, for detail on this innovative technique please review both TLIF and endoscopic discectomy.
Please click on "Spine," "Surgical Procedures," then "TLIF" or "XLIF" in the video player below.