Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a serious condition that, previously, required extensive procedures to try and treat. Vertiflex Superion is a highly-advanced procedure that allows for more comfortable movement.
What is the Vertiflex Superion Procedure?
The Vertiflex Superion procedure is a highly-advanced treatment that is able to address lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) by placing the Superion implant to act as an extension blocker between two vertebrae. The result is that patients can now experience safe and more comfortable movement without the need for more serious spinal surgeries.
This implant is able to provide patients with lumbar spinal stenosis with a similar level of relief that they feel when they are in a seated position. Superion comes in varying sizes, allowing a specialized physician to select the right implant for each patient’s anatomy.
When this procedure is complete, the implant will continue to act as a spacer that decompresses the spinal canal to relieve the pinched nerves that are causing discomfort.
Finding Out If You Qualify for the Superion Procedure
The Superion procedure is typically reserved for patients who have not found relief from other treatments or who cannot undergo the surgeries traditionally used to treat LSS.
However, the best way to find out if you qualify for this procedure is to submit an application, which Doctor Bonnabesse will then review. Whenever possible, you should include information about your history, previous procedures, and any images of your spine that you can provide. With all of this information in front of him, Doctor Bonnabesse can better understand your unique case to determine whether the Superion procedure can help you.
During your consultation, Doctor Bonnabesse will discuss your history, concern, and goals with you before answering any questions that you may have. If you are a good candidate for this procedure, you may need to stop taking certain medications several days before the procedure, especially anticoagulant or “blood thinning” medications as well as some over-the-counter medications. To make sure you are well-prepared for your procedure, all of this information will be reviewed during your one-on-one consultation.
What to Expect
The Superion procedure is a ground-breaking new treatment option to address lumbar spinal stenosis in patients who have not found relief from other treatment methods. This procedure is minimally invasive and performed in an outpatient clinic, allowing patients to return home the same day of the procedure.
This implant is inserted through a small tube that minimized tissue damage and blood loss. Patients will not have to recover from the spinal destabilization that is common with more invasive surgeries. For this reason, the Superion procedure is viewed as the perfect middle ground between conservative treatments and invasive surgeries to treat chronic back pain and lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS.)
Depending on your individual case, this procedure can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to complete. During the procedure, you will be under IV sedation but not general anesthesia, making this a safe option for those who cannot undergo full sedation. Once the procedure is over, you should abstain from strenuous physical activity but patients can return home to rest and recover. Once the implant is placed, most patients experience rapid relief from their discomfort.
How the Superion Implant Works
Once placed within the spine, the Superion implant acts as a decompression device. This means that it is able to hold the space between the vertebrae open, relieving the pressure on the nerves that are causing the patient pain.
There are several different sizes for this implant, allowing a specialized physician to select the right size based on each patient’s anatomy so that they can maintain comfortable motion following the procedure.
Doctor Bonnabesse will discuss post-operative care with you on the day of your procedure, but most patients can expect to return to the office between 7-14 following their procedure. During this appointment, any sutures or staples will be removed and patients will receive instructions to help them recover fully over the next few weeks.
If you’d like more information about Superion and how it can help you, or if you’d like to schedule your appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Our team is here to support you with the best information and services possible.