Pain management doctor, Andrew Cottingham, MD of OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine is the first physician in North Texas to implant the new Vertiflex Superion Indirect Decompression System®. The Vertiflex Superion is a minimally invasive, safe, out-patient procedure that gives patients an alternative to spine surgery for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. Back and leg pain affects millions of Americans every year.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by aging and “wear” on the discs between the vertebrae. The degeneration of the discs causes the spinal canal to narrow, which leads to additional pressure on the nerves in the lower back. This pressure leads to lower back pain and radiating leg, buttock and/or groin pain. Symptoms typically intensify during standing and walking and decrease when sitting and bending forward.