Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common cause of low back pain and leg pain. The degenerative condition is commonly caused by the natural aging process when the discs between the vertebrae become worn down, leading to a narrowing of the spinal canal. Individuals living in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas communities can now find relief from low back pain and radiating leg, buttock and/or groin pain with Vertiflex’s Superion Indirect Decompression System. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine’s Dr. Andrew Cottingham is the first doctor in the North Texas area to perform the Superion procedure.

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis is classified as a degenerative condition of the lumbar spine. As the human body naturally ages, the discs between the vertebrae (the bones that compose the spine) become worn down from wear and tear. 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 often leads to low back pain and radiating leg, buttock and/or groin pain.

Spinal degenerative changes are seen in up to 95% of individuals by the age of 50 years, with certain adults developing lumbar spinal stenosis after the age of 60 years. Many adults suffering from stenosis cannot walk more than 50 feet without experiencing pain, and find relief only when sitting or leaning forward.

How Vertiflex’s Superion can Alleviate Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

A new minimally invasive treatment option for lumbar spinal stenosis is Vertiflex’s Superion Indirect Decompression System. The Superion device is FDA approved and acts as an extension blocker, allowing the spinal canal to remain extended when standing. The continued extension of the spinal canal relieves pressure on the compressed nerves, leading to decreased pain and other troublesome symptoms associated with lumbar spinal stenosis.

The Superion implant is designed to act as an indirect decompression device. The innovative design provides an ideal and customized fit that preserves a patient’s normal spinal anatomy and motion.

Designed as a lumbar spinal stenosis treatment to fill the gap between conservative care and invasive surgery, Vertiflex’s Superion is implanted by a physician through a small tube the size of a dime in order to reduce tissue damage and blood loss. This simple outpatient procedure offers a rapid recovery with no spinal destabilization. The physicians at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine will discuss the benefits and risks involved with the treatment in great detail with each patient.

Vertiflex’s Superion Procedure Images

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To learn more about how Vertiflex’s Superion is revolutionizing the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, please contact the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas pain management clinic of OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine. OPTIMAL’s Dr. Andrew Cottingham is the first doctor in the North Texas area to perform the Superion procedure.