Derrick Sun, MD, recently met with our residents to discuss the workflow associated with navigated, minimally-invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF). Afterward, the group gathered at our anatomy lab to practice the “free-hand” technique for lumbar pedicle screw placement, meticulous disc space preparation, and expandable TLIF cage insertion. Stations were made available for residents to perform both the minimally invasive (MIS) approach to TLIF as well as the traditional open approach. Later, the residents also had the opportunity to practice anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF).
Anatomy lab attendance included an orthopedic resident, medical students, and high school and college students interested in neurosurgery and spine surgery.