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Superion for Lumbar Stenosis

Vertiflex "Superion" Surgery

The FDA recently approved a new treatment option called The Superion ® Indirect Decompression System (IDS) for patients suffering from mild to moderate lumbar spinal stenosis. This minimally invasive procedure is often recommended to patients who have not experienced adequate pain relief from conservative and interventional therapies for at least six months. The Superion implant is unique because it comes in different sizes to accommodate the patient’s spine anatomy. Moreover, it’s designed to prevent the nerves around the spine from pinching together. This procedure is simple to perform and can be completed in under one hour. To learn more about this unique procedure, make an appointment today.

How does Superion treat LSS?

Superion is a completely new, minimally invasive approach to treating lumbar stenosis that fills a gap in the continuum between conservative care and invasive surgery. Designed with patient safety and comfort in mind, Superion is implanted through a small tube the size of a dime to reduce tissue damage and blood loss. It’s a simple outpatient procedure with a rapid recovery time and no destabilization of the spine.

Indirect Decompression

The Superion implant acts as an indirect decompression device. Its anatomic design provides optimal fit and preserves a patient’s anatomy and ability to maintain motion. Superion acts as an extension blocker, relieving pressure on the affected nerves in the manner that one would achieve relief in a seated or flexed position. Available in multiple sizes to accommodate varying patient anatomy, Superion ensures controlled movement and minimizes post-procedure complications. Superion was developed to provide patients with a safe and effective alternative when conservative treatment has failed and laminectomy is too aggressive.

The surgery is usually done outpatient under general anesthesia or sedation (twilight anesthesia) with ½ inch to 1 inch incision for 1 level stenosis.

FDA approved, Superion is clinically shown to be effective for up to 60 months. Certain risks are associated with the use of Superion. Consult your doctor for more information regarding these risks.