The Vertiflex Procedure® is an innovative treatment option for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. It is a FDA approved minimally invasive procedure that provides patients with a clinically proven long-term relief from the leg and back pain associated with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.
What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a gradual narrowing of the space in the spine where nerves pass through. The narrowing of the space can cause a pinching effect on the nerves in the lower back, which can result in an aching, dull back pain down the buttocks and into one or both legs. It is a natural degenerative condition that affects more than 14 million Americans and most commonly found in patients over 60 years of age. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis typically occurs as people age and the result of wear and tear on the spine from everyday activities. Over time, the narrowing may cause constriction of the nerves that run down the back and into the legs. This can result in pain and discomfort in your back and legs and limit your mobility.
What are the Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Symptoms of LSS may include:
- Pain while walking
- Numbness or “tingling” feeling in your legs, calves, or buttocks
- Loss of balance
- Aching, dull back pain spreading to your legs
- Decreased endurance during physical activities
- Tendency to sit or lean over slightly to relieve pain
For most people, symptoms develop gradually over time and are often made worse by walking or standing. If left untreated, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis can worsen over time, significantly restricting an individuals mobility and quality of life.
How Does the Vertiflex Procedure® Work?
The Vertiflex Procedure® is a safe FDA approved minimally invasive outpatient procedure that uses a small spacer placed inside the spine without impacting the nearby bone or tissue. Once inserted, the spacer preserves space in the spine, keeping pressure off the nerves in the lower back, which can result in the reduction or elimination of leg and back pain.
The Vertiflex Procedure® is reversible, leaving all treatment options available in the future. It is performed on site at Michigan Pain Consultants by one of our board certified pain management physicians. Vertiflex® requires minimal recovery time and can be done under light anesthesia or while you remain awake. The Vertiflex Procedure® aims to provide stenosis sufferers the freedom to get on with their daily lives without the burden of pain.
How Do I Know if I am a Candidate for Vertiflex®
If you believe you might be a candidate for the Vertiflex Procedure®, as yourself the following questions:
- Do you experience pain or weakness in your back, buttocks, or legs when you stand or walk?
- Do you use a cane, walker, or shopping cart to move around more comfortably?
- Do you frequently need to lean or bend forward, or sit down to find relief?
If you answered yes to any of the three questions above, you may be a candidate for the Vertiflex Procedure®. Call and schedule your consultation with one of our providers at (800 )281-3237 to discuss whether or not the Vertiflex Procedure® is the right fit for you.