Due to spinal disc degeneration, narrowing of the spinal passage is a natural occurrence as you age. However, the condition is not solely reserved for the elderly. It is also common in young people with developmental problems. You are likely to experience lower back pain when you have changes in your spinal canal. The good news is that with vertiflex superion in Austin, the disabling pain will not define your fate.

Spine experts will use the minimally invasive procedure to resolve the pain associated with spondylosis, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. Republic Spine & Pain has board-certified physicians who specialize in such innovative pain management solutions, with one such treatment working by holding your compressed vertebrae apart to relieve pressure on your nerves and prevent inflammation. 

How does the Vertiflex Superion procedure work?

The treatment works by offering support to your existing anatomy. Your doctor places a tiny and flexible device between two of your spine’s vertebrae through a small incision. He or she then spreads the implant’s wings between the bones to create space in your spinal canal needed to relieve pressure on the surrounding nerves. Being an outpatient-based minimally invasive procedure, you will not have to stay in the hospital. Additionally, you will also be able to resume your everyday activities a day after the procedure.

Apart from no physical therapy and reduced downtime, the procedure boasts several other benefits including:

·         You will not need general anesthesia

·         Minimal infection risk because the procedure is not an open surgery

·         It is minimally invasive, thus minimal post-procedure complications

·         The bleeding is minimal

·         Your doctor will not destabilize your spine

·         Unlike surgical procedures, like spinal fusion, the treatment preserves your lower back’s motion.

·         The procedure is reversible

·         Vertiflex superion offers a safe alternative to open surgery

·         There is no cutting of your body’s tissues. Instead, your surgeon will move them aside to clear the path for inserting the implant.

·         The implant is available in different sizes, providing patients a perfect fit for their anatomy.

The treatment will be your perfect option if you have tried conventional treatments without success or have found an open surgery to be too aggressive.

How does your doctor perform the procedure?

The procedure will take your surgeon approximately half an hour to perform. He or she will advise you to lie facing downward on the operating table or bed before numbing your treatment area with local anesthesia. The professional will then make a tiny incision through which he or she will insert a small tube. Using a real-time X-ray as the guide, your doctor will use a dilator to remove tissues from the treatment site to prevent cutting through tissues inside your body. Your surgeon will then insert the Vertiflex implant between the affected vertebrae.

Once inside the treatment area, your doctor will adjust the implant’s wings to separate the affected vertebrae, thus minimizing the pressure on your nerves. After your doctor secures the implant into the proper position, he or she will close the incision.

Surgical procedures are often aggressive, and most people would only choose one if there is no other treatment method available. Be sure to contact the experts at Republic Spine & Pain to learn more about non-invasive procedures for pain management. 

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