Minimally Invasive Indirect Lumbar Decompression

Superion device
Vertiflex device inserted into the spine

What is Indirect Lumbar Decompression?

Your spine is made up of a flexible column of 24 bones called vertebrae. Soft tissue “discs” are between each of the vertebrae. The vertebrae join together like links in a chain to support your head and body while the discs act as “shock absorbers.”

Inside the spine, there is a channel called the spinal canal. It is surrounded by the vertebrae. This canal protects a cylinder of nerves called the spinal cord.

Spinal stenosis is the diagnosis and is the result of aging and “wear and tear” on the spine from everyday activities. These changes cause the spinal canal to narrow which can “pinch” the nerves in the lower back. This is called lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The result is pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the back and legs.

Why is Superion the appropriate first surgical option?

Superion was developed for patients with moderate spinal stenosis who have tried six months of conservative care treatment without finding relief from their pain. It is also for patients whose medical history shows that Superion may be their best treatment option because traditional spinal surgery could be too demanding.

People who will benefit the most from the Superion implant are those whose symptoms are relieved when bending forward, such as when pushing a shopping cart. Leaning forward causes the spinal canal to open, which relieves pressure on the nerves. The Superion implant produces the same effect—relieving pressure on the nerves—without leaning forward.

Superion is a small implant, available in different sizes to best match your spinal anatomy. It is made of titanium, a material used for medical implants because it is lightweight with great strength. Titanium is biocompatible and reducesthe risk of inflammation or rejection.

What is the procedure like?

Placing the Superion typically takes about thirty minutes. It is implanted through a small incision in your lower back. The procedure can be performed in either the hospital operating room or an outpatient surgical center. The procedure involves no tissue or bone damage and minimal blood loss.

What can I expect after the procedure?

After the procedure, you may enjoy significant reduction in leg pain within the first few days. Your doctor will review Post-Operative Care Guidelines with you. This will let you know how to care for the surgical site after the procedure. Your doctor will also talk to you about limiting your activity levels immediately after the procedure, and how to increase activities as you heal. Certain risks are associated with the use of the Superion. Consult your doctor for full information regarding these risks.

This information is for general education only. Specific questions or concerns should always be directed to your doctor. Your doctor can explain possible risks or side effects.