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Interspinous Stabilization (CoflexTM)

May 27, 2017

Overview

In this surgical procedure, a titanium alloy device is implanted to relieve back pain or numbness in the legs or buttocks caused by spinal stenosis. This procedure is a non-fusion, minimally-invasive alternative to laminectomy with or without spinal fusion.

Preparation

Anesthesia is administered and the patient is positioned. A small incision is made in the lower back.

Accessing the Spine

An opening is created through the ligaments at the rear of the spine. The surgeon can now access the spinous processes, the bony protrusions on the back of the spine, of the problem vertebrae.

Preparing the Implant Site

Some of the bony overgrowth of the spinous process may need to be removed for the implant to fit properly. A small portion of one or more lamina may also need to be resurfaced.

Implanting the CoflexTM

Using fluoroscopic guidance, the CoflexTM implant is inserted through the incision and placed between the spinous processes.

End of Procedure and Aftercare

In many cases, the patient will be able to return home the same day or after an overnight stay. The surgeon will determine the length of the hospital stay and will guide the post-operative recovery.

About the Author
Dr. John B. Adams is board certified in Pain Management by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. With almost 2 decades of experience, he offers patients access to state-of-the-art pain management, emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to pain management utilizing precision injections, neuromodulation technology, physical therapy, behavioral medicine and judicious use of medications including help with patients titrating off opiates (narcotic pain medications).

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