Vertiflex® Spinal Stenosis Treatment in Texas
A Minimally Invasive Implant Procedure
Spinal stenosis is a common cause of back pain. This condition causes the canal inside the spinal cord to narrow and pinch the spinal nerves. This can cause pains in the neck and back as well as radiating pain in the arms and legs. The more the spinal canal narrows, the more damage it does to the nerves.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
- Back and neck pain
- Difficulty performing physical activity for extended periods
- Loss of balance
- Pain reduces when sitting or lying down
- Numb feeling in the legs, calves, or buttocks
- Radiating pain in the legs
At Pain Specialists of America, we can use the Vertiflex® implant to treat spinal stenosis for eligible patients. Unlike some implant procedures, the Vertiflex surgery is minimally invasive and can be done on an outpatient basis.
About the Vertiflex Procedure
The Vertiflex implant is a small device made of titanium that can widen the spinal canal. Titanium is a lightweight, durable material that is biocompatible, meaning there is less risk that its introduction to the spine will cause an inflammatory reaction.
During the implant procedure, a small incision is made in the lower back. The Vertiflex implant is then placed between the vertebrae, holding them open and reducing pressure on the spinal canal. This operation causes little bleeding and should not damage bone or tissue. The entire procedure takes around 30 minutes. You should be prepared to limit your activities over the next few days as you let your body heal.
Who Should Receive a Vertiflex Implant?
The Vertiflex implant procedure is ideal for patients with mild to moderate spinal stenosis. Because it is minimally invasive, it is often recommended for patients who would have a difficult time with a more involved back surgery.