VERTIFLEX SUPERIOR SPINAL SPACER PROCEDURE Q&A
What is lumbar spinal stenosis?
Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of your spinal canal. Most often this occurs because of degeneration, however it can also be congential or develop after an injury.
The narrowing compresses the nerves that travel through your spine, leading to various symptoms including pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, cramping, amongst other symptoms. In severe cases, lumbar spinal stenosis may also lead to loss of bladder or bowel control.
What are the treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis?
Treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis may depend on the severity of your symptoms and your medical history. Dr. Ramsook initially recommends conservative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, which may include pain medication and physical therapy.
However, if you fail to get relief from your pain or your symptoms worsen, he may recommend more invasive treatments, such as mild® (minimally invasive lumbar decompression) by Vertos Medical, which is a surgical procedure that removes small amounts of bone and cartilage from your spine to reduce pressure.
Dr. Ramsook also offers the Vertiflex Superion Spacer as a treatment option for your lumbar spinal stenosis.
What is the Vertiflex Superion spinal spacer procedure?
The Vertiflex Superion Spacer is an implant device that Dr. Ramsook uses to improve the spacing in your spinal canal to relieve the pressure on the nerves and reduce your pain. The implant is the size of a dime and fits in between your spinous process, which are the bony projections that make up the back of your spinal canal.
To learn more about your treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis, call United Spine & Pain or schedule a consultation online today.