The Vertiflex Procedure is a safe, minimally invasive treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, or LSS. The Vertiflex Procedure involves placing a small implant called the Superion inside the spine. The implant, or spacer, is placed between the spinous processes, which are the bony projections on the back of the spine. Once the implant is in place, it restores the space between vertebrae, relieving pressure from the nerves in the lower back. As a result, it reduces the leg and back pain associated with LSS.
The goal of this outpatient treatment is to give those suffering with lumbar spinal stenosis the comfort and mobility to more fully enjoy their daily lives. This FDA-approved outpatient procedure provides a decrease in symptoms and an increase in physical function, enabling those with LSS to find relief from painful symptoms and upsetting limitations. The Vertiflex Procedure is a simple, safe alternative to invasive surgery. It’s also completely reversible, meaning all other treatment options are still available in the future if needed.
The Vertiflex Procedure is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that is done by placing a small implant, the Superion, inside the spine. During the procedure, the patient lies face down on their stomach, and the surgeon will numb the area with general anesthesia. The surgeon will then make a small incision in your lower back. After that, a small tube that’s about the size of the dime is used to move surrounding tissue out of the way, giving the surgeon space to place the implant.
Once the implant is in place, the wings of the implant are adjusted to carefully spread the vertebrae apart. The implant is then secured in place and the incision is closed. This procedure normally takes between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of implants being inserted (one to two at a time).
Unlike more invasive surgeries, no hospital stay is required after the procedure. Another benefit is that complications are also rare. The Superion is made of titanium alloy, so some people do have a small risk of having a reaction to the metal.
After the procedure, you may experience soreness, but recovery is relatively quick. Make sure to keep the incision site clean and dry. For about 6 weeks following the procedure, you will need to limit strenuous activity. This includes lifting, bending, and twisting. Some examples of what to avoid include running, swimming, or tennis. Light activity such as walking or light exercise is normally allowed. Every patient is different, so it’s important to always carefully follow your doctor’s instructions.