T-PLIF Spacer System

Please note that this product has been superseded by the CONDUIT™ Interbody Platform.

Transforaminal Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (T-PLIF) is performed to treat degenerative disc disease, recurrent disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and failed back syndrome.

The T-PLIF System is an allograft implant and instrument set that has been designed for use in transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedures. This procedure was pioneered by Professor Jürgen Harms of Germany. Unlike a PLIF approach, this obviates the need to enter the spinal canal and allows access to the disc space from a lateral approach. Additionally, revision PLIF patients normally have a lot of scar tissue precluding access to the disc space. This system overcomes this problem. Synthes is the first-to-market with a dedicated set of instruments and implant for this procedure. Initial surgeon feedback has been positive and this is expected to be a very good niche product for posterior interbody fusions.


For the minimally invasive Transforaminal Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (T-PLIF) procedure, specific instruments have been designed to support discetomy and ease implant insertion by a unilateral posterior approach. Access to the intervertebral disc is more lateral from the midline and eliminates the need for dural retraction.
Decisive for the procedure are the different curettes with gentle angulation and small working ends for increased manoeuverability. All of the new curettes fit through a 22 mm inner diameter working cannula or Three Blade Retractor.
Soft angle and up-biting curved pituitaries ease removal of disc material form the disc space.

Trial Spacers

Trial Spacers in both the regular style as well as the detachable style are offered for every footprint in each available height.

PLIF Implant Holder

The new PLIF Implant Holder is adapted to the increased width of the implants. It is compatible with all new Vertebral Spacer-PR implants, as well as the existing allograft implants, Vertebral Spacer-PR, and Syn-Cage Narrow implants.

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