The mid and low back, or thoracolumbar spine, consists of 17 vertebrae—twelve thoracic and five lumbar—as well as the sacrum. Common pathologies in the posterior (rear) thoracolumbar spine include, but are not limited to, degenerative disc disease (DDD), which may be manifested by disc herniation, degenerative spinal stenosis, or degenerative spondylolisthesis. NuVasive® offers a full surgical solution portfolio with multiple systems designed for the treatment of these and other pathologies that affect the posterior thoracolumbar spine.
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A minimally invasive approach to traditional back surgery, which reduces disruption to the back muscles resulting in less postoperative pain and a quicker recovery.
Using a medialized approach, the MAS PLIF procedure is designed to eliminate the need to retract muscle lateral to the facet, without compromising conventional surgical objectives.
Fusion techniques where the spine is approached through a midline incision in the back, neural elements are decompressed, and the vertebral bodies are fused together.
A procedure performed to stabilize the spine throughout the healing process, allowing fusion to occur.
Note: References to specific products as components of a MAS TLIF, TLIF, PLIF, ILIF, or posterior fixation procedure or other surgical procedure/approach do not imply that such products have FDA regulatory clearance or approval for all of the pathologies or indications described. The surgical procedures described on this website may not require the use of some or all of the NuVasive products found on this website. Please refer to the professional product labeling of the NuVasive products for their specific FDA cleared or approved indications of use.