The Vertiflex Superion Procedure offers a minimally invasive surgical option for those with lumbar spinal stenosis. Unlike traditional open surgeries, the Vertiflex Superion Procedure involves only a small incision and can be performed on an outpatient basis. This means you can typically return home the same day and experience a shorter recovery time.
Is Vertiflex right for me?
What conditions does it treat?
Vertiflex is used to treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS), the changing of the shape and size of the central canal in the lumbar spine. Those experiencing LSS report numbness and pain in the lumbar region, buttocks, and legs when standing upright. Relief can be felt when bending forward or sitting down. If left untreated LSS worsens over time and leads to excessive narrowing of the spinal canal.
How does Vertiflex work to control my pain?
The procedure involves the implantation of a small device called the Superion Interspinous Spacer, which is designed to relieve pressure on the nerves by maintaining the space between the vertebrae in your lower back. Clinical studies have shown that the procedure can provide significant relief from symptoms, such as pain and limited mobility.
Is Vertiflex right for me?
It’s important to note that the Vertiflex Superion Procedure may not be appropriate for everyone. Your doctor will evaluate your specific condition and medical history to determine if it is a viable option for you. Additionally, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications to consider.
If you are experiencing symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis and are interested in learning more about the Vertiflex Superion Procedure, talk to your doctor. They can help you determine if the procedure is right for you and provide more information about the potential benefits and risks.
Preparing for Treatment
What should I expect during my Vertiflex procedure
The Vertiflex procedure is considered a micro-surgery taking between 15-45 minutes and guided under a real time x-ray. The patient is placed under a local anesthetic while a small ½ inch incision is made to accommodate insertion of the dilator tube. The dilator allows space for the device to be inserted without loss/damage of tissue. The Vertiflex device is implanted into the designated vertebrae and wings are adjusted accordingly. The incision is then closed, and the patient is on their way to relief.
What should I expect after the procedure
Following the Vertiflex procedure pain is quickly relieved in a few days. There may be stitches and soreness in the area for up to a week. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for up to 6 weeks.