The Vertiflex Superion Procedure offers a minimally invasive option for lumbar spinal stenosis that is a significant advancement over traditional open surgeries. By requiring only a small incision, it greatly reduces the risks and complications often associated with larger surgical procedures. The outpatient nature of Vertiflex Superion not only facilitates a same-day return home for patients but it also leads to a notably shorter and more comfortable recovery period. This innovative approach helps reduce hospital stays and provides a quicker return to normal activities, making it a preferred choice for suitable candidates.

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.

Who is the ideal candidate for the Vertiflex procedure?

Ideal candidates for Vertiflex are typically those with moderate lumbar spinal stenosis who haven’t responded well to conservative treatments like physical therapy or medications. It’s particularly suited for patients seeking an alternative to more invasive surgeries. Good candidates usually have specific symptoms such as leg, buttock, or groin pain, which are relieved when sitting or bending forward.

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.

After Treatment

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. Recovery time is usually short, with most patients resuming light activities within a few days. Full recovery and realization of the procedure’s benefits can take a few weeks. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for up to 6 weeks.

What should patient’s expect during the follow up care after Vertiflex?

Follow-up care is crucial in monitoring the success of the Vertiflex procedure. Initially, follow-ups may focus on pain management and wound healing, gradually shifting to long-term efficacy and mobility assessment. Regular check-ins with the healthcare provider allow for adjustments in care plans and address any potential complications early.

How long do the benefits of the Vertiflex procedure last?

The longevity of Vertiflex’s benefits varies, but many patients experience significant improvement in pain and mobility for several years. The procedure aims to create space in the spinal canal, reducing the compression of nerves. Its effectiveness over time can depend on factors like the patient’s lifestyle, overall health, and the progression of spinal conditions.

Common Conditions Treated by Vertiflex