Vertiflex Superion is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure to treat lumbar spinal stenosis. It is the only such class 1 evidence-based treatment, and it provides a minimally invasive alternative for patients that have not had success with other nonsurgical treatments. This procedure takes less than an hour and many patients feel relief within 24 hours. This innovative procedure provides an exciting alternative for patients experiencing pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis.
Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spaces in the spine narrow, which in turn applies pressure to the nerves in the spine. When this narrowing occurs in the lower back, it is known as lumbar spinal stenosis. The pressure on the spinal nerves can cause back pain, numbness or tingling in the feet or legs, weakness in the feet or legs, and cramping in the legs while walking or standing.
While some people are born with smaller than average spinal canals, for most patients stenosis is caused by something narrowing the space. This narrowing can occur as a result of the natural degeneration of discs due to aging, herniated discs, bone spurs, tumors, and spinal injuries.
Treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis traditionally involved either a conservative treatment, primarily consisting of physical therapy and lifestyle modifications, or a laminectomy, an aggressive surgical treatment. Vertiflex Superion provides patients with a minimally invasive option that offers a more balanced approach to treating lumbar spinal stenosis.
What is Vertiflex Superion?
Vertiflex Superion is a minimally invasive procedure that involves implanting a small, dime-sized device in the spine to restore space between vertebrae and to relieve pressure on affected nerves. This device is implanted through a small tube and works by holding the compressed vertebrae apart. It acts as an indirect decompression device and an extension blocker to relieve pressure on affected nerves.
The procedure to insert this device takes less than an hour, and patients are home the same day. Results are nearly immediate and often felt within 24 hours of the procedure. The results of the FDA trial of this device show that it resulted in patients having a significant reduction in symptoms and a marked improvement in function. Further, it had a clinical efficacy durable to 60 months.
Vertiflex Superion is currently one of the most innovative and cutting-edge treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis, and there are a limited number of physicians trained to perform this procedure. In Los Angeles, Dr. Glaser is one of only a few doctors in the area currently performing the procedure. Contact Glaser Pain Relief Center to schedule a free MRI and X-Ray so that Dr. Glaser can advise you as to whether you are a candidate for this procedure.