Treating Spinal Stenosis with Superion®
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis 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.
What is Superion® and How Does it Work?
Superion® is designed to treat patients who have been diagnosed with moderate spinal stenosis, and have undergone six months of conservative treatment – such as injections or physical therapy – without experiencing lasting relief.
These patients may have also deemed traditional spinal surgery to be too demanding or invasive for them. Superion® is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive treatment that addresses pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the back and legs. Using a small access portal – about the diameter of a dime – a tiny, H-shaped spacer is placed between two adjacent bones in the lower back; which allows patients to stand upright without pinching the nerves in the back, thereby alleviating the pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the back and legs. The Superion procedure may be performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical center in about one hour.
The Superion implant
The Superion® implant is the only FDA approved, minimally invasive approach to treating moderate spinal stenosis. It provides relief of the ongoing pain without the long recovery that often accompanies traditional decompression surgery. In addition, Superion® offers the following benefits:
• A clinically proven, less invasive alternative for spinal stenosis
• Does not limit future treatment options
• No general anesthesia, small incision
• Lower rate of serious operative complications before and after the procedure