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This is a prospective, randomized trial.This study aimed to evaluate the outcome of bracing following transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) in patients with degenerative lumbar spine diseases.Bracing following spinal fusion for lumbar degenerative disease is common. However, the necessity of postoperative bracing is still controversial. A paucity of high-quality studies have assessed the efficacy of bracing.In total, 90 patients with degenerative lumbar disease receiving instrumented TLIF were randomly assigned to brace and no brace groups for postoperative care. Patients in the brace group were instructed to wear a rigid brace full-time for 12 weeks. Patients in the no brace group were instructed to wear a soft corset for 2 weeks, after which it was weaned off. In all patients, the Visual Analogue Scale and Oswestry Disability Index scores were evaluated preoperatively; postoperatively; and at 6 weeks, 3, 6, and 12 months of follow-up. The fusion rates, complications, and reoperation rates were recorded.In total, 44 patients were assigned to the brace group (mean age, 69.2±10.7 y), and 46 were assigned to the no brace group (mean age, 68.8±11.9 y). All patients received at least 12 months of follow-up. There were no significant differences between the 2 groups with regard to patient demographic characteristics. The Visual Analogue Scale and Oswestry Disability Index scores at each follow-up were not significantly different between the 2 groups. The fusion rate and complications at the 12-month postoperative follow-up were not significantly different between the 2 groups.Our study showed that in patients with degenerative spinal disease who receive TLIF, wearing a rigid brace postoperatively is unnecessary. In addition, the fusion rate was not related to bracing, and there were no complications or reoperations whether a brace was worn.Level II—therapeutic.