By Laura Dyrda
A new study published in Spine examines the postoperative narcotic consumption among workers’ compensation patients after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.
The researchers examined a cohort of patients undergoing single-level minimally invasive TLIF procedures for degenerative spine pathology from 2007 to 2013. There were 136 single-level, primary minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures included in the analysis. Forty-six of the patients were workers’ compensation patients — 33.8 percent.