The Vertiflex procedure is used to treat moderate cases of lumbar spinal stenosis. This procedure helps to alleviate leg and back pain symptoms by removing pressure from the spinal cord and nerves.
How Vertiflex Works
The Vertiflex procedure uses a small implant known as the Superion® Indirect Decompression System. This titanium alloy implant is placed in the spine to prevent spinal space reduction when standing and walking.
Vertiflex is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a local anesthetic and a small incision to place the Superion® implant between the affected vertebrae. This helps to preserve spine motion by decompressing the nerves and spinal cord.
Typically this procedure can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to complete. After the procedure, you can expect some soreness, but this should go away within a few weeks.
Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 4 to 6 weeks. However, light activities such as walking can be done immediately after the procedure.
Conditions the Vertiflex Procedure Can Treat
Those suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis and the following symptoms may benefit from the Vertiflex procedure:
- Pain while walking
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Loss of feeling in legs
- Pins and needles sensation in legs, calves, or buttocks
- Weakness in legs
Am I a Good Candidate for Vertiflex?
If you have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, the Vertiflex procedure might be right for you.
When considering a treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, it is important to understand the risks and benefits of each option. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment option is right for you.