The VertiFlex Superion InterSpinous Spacer is a tiny, H-shaped, titanium alloy implant that provides relief for those people who suffer from chronic pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness in their legs or back due to moderate lumbar spinal stenosis. The VertiFlex Superion IDS opens the passageways in the spine to release the pressure on the nerves, getting rid of the discomfort.
The experts at Pain Institute of Long Island are among the first pain relief specialists in New York to offer this innovative therapy.
WHY DO I FEEL PAIN?
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) often affects those around age 50, and continues to degenerate as the patient gets older. Over time, the bones in the lumbar (lower) spine often collapse on top of one another, creating pressure on the nerves. This pressure causes discomfort whenever the lower back is in use, causing many patients to feel intense pain while walking or standing.
The pain is usually most intense in the buttocks, lower back, legs, and groin. Because the nerves are compressed, many patients experience a numbing or tingling feeling in these areas as well.
THE SUPERION IDS DIFFERENCE
The VertiFlex Superion IDS is one of the most minimally-invasive lumbar spinal stenosis treatments available. It preserves spinal motion and is completely reversible. The treatment only requires a single implant through a tube that’s the size of a dime, eliminating tissue and blood loss for the patient. The extension blocker keeps the gap in the spine – created when the patient stands or walks – in place, making this procedure ideal for those who have not had success with conservative treatments, but are avoiding spinal surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The VertiFlex Superion IDS is just one of the minimally invasive treatment options that we recommend for:
The procedure requires only a few hours in the doctor’s office, followed by a few hours or days of recovery.