Spinal stenosis is a debilitating condition that puts pressure on spinal nerves. It occurs when spaces within the spine start to narrow and cause constriction. When it develops in your lower back, it triggers a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, from back pain to numbness, tingling, weakness, and cramping in your legs or feet.
The team at Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino, California, uses cutting-edge approaches to address spinal stenosis, including treatment with Vertiflex™ Superion™. In fact, our own Dr. Jeffrey Glaser is one of very few doctors in the Los Angeles area who perform this advanced procedure.
Do you have spinal stenosis in your lower back? If you haven’t found relief from conservative treatments, here’s how the Vertiflex Procedure could help and what to expect with this minimally invasive treatment.
How the Vertiflex Procedure works
Vertiflex Superion treats spinal stenosis right at the source: the constriction. This innovative procedure uses a small, implantable device to gently spread vertebrae apart, opening up more space in the narrowed region. And this spacer remains in place, relieving pressure on the spinal canal indefinitely.
FDA trial results of the Vertiflex Procedure show a marked improvement in function after treatment, along with a significant reduction in symptoms. On top of that, the entire procedure takes less than an hour, and you go home the same day.
What to expect from the Vertiflex Procedure
Placing the Superion spacer requires only a small incision. Once the procedure is complete, we close the opening with a few dissolvable sutures. You may have some tenderness and discomfort in the area, but this should fade within a few days.
In most cases, you can expect to have a significant reduction in pain within the first few days of treatment. However, you must follow your post-procedure instructions to ensure the best outcomes.
Life after the Vertiflex Procedure
You get to go home the same day, but you need to rest and heal properly. While you’ll feel better quickly, you still must take special care with your incision and activities after undergoing the Vertiflex Procedure.
It’s crucial to keep your incision site clean during the 7-14 days after the Vertiflex Procedure. But avoid excessive soaking, bathing, or scrubbing of the surgical site.
If you notice bleeding, redness, or swelling, contact our team for guidance immediately.
We provide personalized recommendations on resuming activity. In general, you can typically resume light movements, like walking, within a day or two. However, it’s important to avoid too much activity too soon.
In most cases, you should limit anything strenuous for six weeks after the Vertiflex Procedure, including:
- Golf, tennis, and racquetball
- Jogging or running
- Sexual activity
- Lifting anything over 10 pounds
- Significant twisting or bending of the spine
We could also recommend physical therapy and lifestyle modifications to guarantee optimal outcomes.
Do you have lower back pain from spinal stenosis? Dr. Glaser can determine if Vertiflex Superion is right for you. Contact Glaser Pain Relief Center to find the most effective treatment available today.