Full-endoscopic TLIF in the outpatient setting: 3 things to know

Written by Shayna Korol | March 20, 2019 | Print  |

Full-endoscopic transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is a feasible stabilization technique in an ambulatory surgical center, according to a study in the Pain Physician Journal.

The researchers evaluated blood loss, operative time, post-anesthesia care unit time and Visual Analog Scale of 85 patients who underwent FE-TLIF between 2011 and 2015 and were followed up for 12 months. 

Three things to know:

1. No intraoperative complications were observed. There were two cases of postoperative sympathetically mediated pain and three reoperations. 

2. OR time for patients with 2-level fusion was 110 minutes longer than for those with one-level operation. 

3. Body mass index and age did not affect OR time, and sex and age did not affect post-anesthesia care unit time. 

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