Lumbar spinal stenosis – a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back – can be painful and debilitating. Many people with this condition experience considerable discomfort when standing or walking. That’s because when upright, their spine may exert pressure on spinal nerves.
The Vertiflex Superion is a small spacer implanted between two adjacent vertebrae in the spine. This implant supports the vertebrae, so that when standing, they won’t push together and compress spinal nerves.
The Vertiflex implant procedure may take 30 to 45 minutes, and patients are able to go home the same day (but should arrange for someone else to drive them home). The small surgical incision will be tender for a few days, and patients must keep the incision area clean. Strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and certain twisting/rotating movements of the spine will be restricted for six weeks.
Vertiflex is a minimally invasive procedure that produces pain-relieving results for up to 60 months. Unlike spinal fusion surgery or a laminectomy (removal of part of the spinal bone), the Vertiflex procedure has a low risk of complications, and the recovery time is short. Patients are encouraged to walk the same day, and they may resume normal activity within six weeks.
If cortisone shots, physical therapy, and other treatments have failed to alleviate symptoms of your lumbar spinal stenosis, a Vertiflex Superion implant may be your best option. Find out how this simple outpatient procedure can help you get back on your feet again. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.