Indirect decompression in spinal surgery means decompression of spinal nerve tissues, such as spinal cord and nerve, without resecting the compressing tissue.
The Vertiflex Procedure is a safe, minimally invasive treatment that has been clinically proven to provide effective long-term relief from the pain associated with LSS.
The procedure uses a small, titanium alloy spacer which serves as an extension blocker designed to relieve pressure on the affected nerves.The small spacer is placed inside the spine without removal of any nearby bone or tissue. Once inserted, the spacer’s arms open around the spinous processes (the bumps you can feel in your spine) to help make proper space for the affected nerves. The spacer preserves the space in the spine, which keeps pressure off the nerves that cause leg and back pain.
Leg and back pain may be the result of a condition called lumbar spinal stenosis. LSS leads to the narrowing of the space in the lower (or lumbar) spine where nerves pass through. The narrowing of the space causes constriction on the nerves, which may result in pain and discomfort down the back and into the legs. Pain is usually worsened when standing or walking, and leaning forward or sitting down provides relief. For most people, LSS develops gradually over time and is most common in adults over the age of 60.
LSS is usually caused by normal wear and tear to the spine over time which leads to the narrowing of the spinal canal. This includes:
Pain while walking or standing, Weakness in legs, Loss of balance, Decreased physical endurance, Numbness or tingling in the legs, buttocks, or back, Aching, dull back pain spreading to legs, Tendency to sit or lean over to relieve pain
If left untreated, lumbar spinal stenosis can lead to significant and permanent nerve damage. Symptoms may affect your balance, functionality and ability to perform day-to-day activities