What Is VertiFlex?

Vertiflex is a simple, safe, and minimally invasive treatment which has been clinically proven to provide long-term relief from the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis.

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis, or LSS, is a narrowing of the spinal passage caused by vertebrae disc degeneration  as a result of aging. This condition can also appear in younger patients due to developmental issues. Changes in the shape of the spinal canal can cause nerves in the lumbar spine to compress, causing pain in the lower back and body.

What does the procedure look like?

The Vertiflex Superion interspinous spacer is an FDA approved, minimally invasive device designed to restore space between the patient’s vertebrae. This device was created to provide patients with a safe alternative to traditional surgery, and provides patients with a viable option when conservative treatments have failed and invasive surgery is too aggressive.The Superion implant relieves pressure on  nerves affected by lumbar spinal stenosis. Because this procedure is so minimally invasive, sensitive tissues are preserved and the procedure is fully reversible. Unlike spinal fusion, motion in the lower back is preserved. The Superion spacer is put in place using a small tube, minimizing tissue damage and blood loss. This allows a quick and comfortable recovery.

The Superion implant is designed to hold the compressed vertebrae further apart, relieving any pressure on nerves and reducing inflammation. The Superion is available in an assortment of sizes, so the implant will be sized to fit the individual patient. 

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