“Indirect spinal decompression is revolutionizing the way lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is treated. LSS is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can result in the impingement of nerves, causing significant pain. Superion places the comfort and safety of patients first by providing a minimally invasive approach. Clinical studies have shown amazing results with substantial amounts of evidence showing a significant reduction in pain. Visit our patient video testimonial page under the ‘Patient Information’ section to hear about some of our patients’ responses to this therapy.”
Dr. Fiks | Advanced Pain Management Center
Superion is a new, minimally invasive approach to treating LSS. The device is implanted through a small tube the size of a dime to reduce tissue damage and blood loss. This is an outpatient procedure with rapid recovery time and no destabilization of the spine. The Superion implant acts as an extension blocker, relieving pressure on the affected nerves in a manner that would only be acheived through sitting or a flexed position.
WHAT IS SPINAL STENOSIS?
Your spine is made up of a flexible column of bones called vertebrae. Soft tissue discs are between each of the vertebrae. The vertebrae support your head and body while the discs absorb force exerted through the body. The spinal canal runs through the middle of the vertebrae and houses the spinal cord. Stenosis normally results from age due to the ‘wear and tear’ of everyday activities. This causes the spinal canal to narrow and pinch nerves that run through, causing pain or nerve damage.
Limit all lifting, bending, and strenuous activities for 6 weeks including: lifting any weight over 10-15 lbs, any large bending or twisting of the spine, strenuous activities such as swimming, golf tennis, racquetball, running, jogging, or sexual activity.
Causes of spinal stenosis:
- Overgrowth of bone
- Herniated discs
- Thickened ligaments
- Spinal injury
Symptoms of spinal stenosis:
- Numbness or tingling in a foot or leg
- Weakness in a foot or leg
- Pain or cramping in one or both legs when standing for long periods of time or when walking, usually eased when bent over or sitting.
- Back pain
- Neurogenic Claudication