If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, it’s usually only a matter of time until your condition worsens and spinal surgery seems like your only option for pain relief. Fortunately, there is a treatment option in between physical therapy and spinal surgery called Vertiflex Superion that has provided pain relief for over 20,000 patients with a 90% patient satisfaction rate since its FDA approval in 2015. Much to the relief of patients with spinal stenosis, spine surgery is no longer the only long-term solution for pain relief from this condition.
Spinal stenosis simply means that there is a narrowing of space in your spine where your nerves pass through. The narrowing of space causes compression on the nerves, which can lead to pain and discomfort down your back and into your legs. Common symptoms of spinal stenosis include pain while walking or standing, weakness in the legs, numbness or tingling in your back, buttocks, and/or legs, aching dull back pain that spreads to your legs, loss of balance, and a tendency to lean forward or sit down to relieve pain. Spinal stenosis is usually a condition that happens over time and develops gradually, most often occurring in patients over the age of 60. If your condition is severe enough, you might find yourself with a spine surgery recommendation, but spinal surgery is no longer the only treatment for spinal stenosis. This is where Vertiflex Superion comes in.
Vertiflex is a safe, minimally invasive outpatient procedure that has been proven to provide long term pain relief for patients with spinal stenosis. During the Vertiflex procedure, a small spacer is placed inside the spine. Upon insertion of the spacer, the spacer’s arms open to make proper space for the compressed nerve(s). The spacer maintains space in the spine therefore keeping pressure off compressed nerves that caused back and leg pain. Vertiflex is FDA approved, reversible, covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and is a quick outpatient procedure with a short recovery time.
The providers at Pacific Pain Physicians offer Vertiflex and other treatment options like it so that patients have alternatives outside of invasive and costly spine surgery with long recovery periods. If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis or are considering undergoing spinal surgery for any condition you have, contact Pacific Pain Physicians to learn about less invasive options that minimize or eliminate pain and reduce the need for invasive spine surgery. There are many options for pain relief in between physical therapy, injections, and surgery, and the doctors at Pacific Pain Physicians can assist you in selecting a minimally invasive procedure that provides long term pain relief without having to undergo surgery.