If you have spinal stenosis, you know that living with its effects can be miserable. Not everyone experiences the worst of the symptoms, but many suffer from back pain, leg pain, numbness, and tingling. In severe cases, you may even suffer from weakness in your legs and have issues standing and walking.
Are your daily routines and favorite activities being interrupted by the pain associated with spinal stenosis? If so, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Some people are able to manage their pain with exercise, pain medicine, physical therapy, and/or decompression. If you aren’t one of those lucky people, you may decide to have surgery to treat your pain. If you’ve started researching, you know that there are some dangers associated with major surgery.
Are you worried about the risks? Fear not, there is another option.
Hui Kang, MD, and the rest of our team at Houston Pain Specialists know your concerns and are ready to help you. We have the most effective and up-to-date treatments and procedures to help you manage your pain.
We’ve recently begun implementing the Vertiflex® procedure to bring you a less invasive method of alleviating the discomfort and inconvenience associated with spinal stenosis.
What is the Vertiflex procedure?
Major surgery is highly invasive and is typically accompanied by long recovery times. With the Vertiflex procedure, a small, titanium alloy implant, called Superion®, is placed between two spinous processes — bony projections off the back of each vertebra — to reduce the pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Each person’s case is unique, so there are multiple sizes of the Superion implant. This is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, which allows for shorter recovery times and immediate relief.
How Vertiflex can help
In the Vertiflex procedure, the Superion implant creates space between two spinous processes, relieving pressure on your nerves and spinal cord and ensuring that no destabilization of your spine occurs. It works by limiting extension, while preserving spinal motion.
You’ll likely feel relief right away. Most people can engage in light activity just hours after the procedure. Full recovery time is typically six weeks.
To get more information about Vertiflex Superion, give us a call or send us a message through our contact page on this website. Dr. Kang is eager to help you manage your pain and get you back on track with a pain-free life.