Vertiflex Interspinous Spacer

Spinal stenosis can compress nearby nerves, leading to pain, stiffness, and sensations of numbness, weakness, or tingling in your legs. The solution? A spine stabilization device to decompress the affected nerve.

What is Vertiflex?

RelievUS presents the Vertiflex method. The FDA-approved Superion Interspinous Spacer System by Vertiflex, established in 2015, is a groundbreaking, minimally invasive spinal spacer device. Clinical trials revealed that a significant proportion of participants experienced positive outcomes 24 months post-insertion. An impressive 79% reduction in leg pain was reported by patients at the 48-month mark.

With its minimally invasive nature, Vertiflex provides an alternative to surgery. The benefits include minimized tissue damage, reduced blood loss, accelerated healing, and a lower risk of infection.

The Vertiflex Procedure: What to Expect

Vertiflex spacer implantation, an outpatient procedure, uses local anesthesia. A cannula, comparable to the size of a thumbnail, facilitates device implantation. Vertiflex stands out as the least invasive solution for spinal decompression and is unique in its category. Moreover, should the need arise, the procedure is entirely reversible.

Post-Procedure Care: Journey to Recovery

Post-implantation, you may notice a few staples or stitches at the device's insertion site. Expect their removal during a follow-up visit within a couple of weeks. 

For the initial three days, refrain from submerging or vigorously scrubbing the incision. Gently cleanse it with soap and water daily, and ensure the bandage is changed daily or if it becomes damp.

In the subsequent six weeks, prioritize rest and refrain from:

  • Lifting more than 10-15 pounds.
  • Bending or twisting.
  • High-intensity activities such as running, swimming, or engaging in sexual activities.

Begin light activities, like walking, progressively, based on comfort.

Individual recovery varies; always prioritize your doctor's recommendations for optimal healing.

How effective is the treatment?

Based on a study published in the Journal of Pain Research in November 2018, the researchers examined and characterized the opioid medication usage patterns among patients treated with stand-alone IPD through 5 years of postoperative follow-up. The primary analysis included all 190 patients randomized to receive the Superion® device. In a sub-group of 98 subjects, they determined opioid medication prevalence among subjects with a prior history of opioid use. The results indicated that between baseline and 5 years, there was an 85% decrease in the proportion of subjects using opioids, and a decreased opioid medication usage was also observed among the sub-group of subjects with a history of opiates prior to entering the trial.

This finding extends previous results with IPD showing long-term sustained clinical improvements, a reduction in symptoms of neurogenic claudication and a decreasing requirement for revision surgery in this population.

Understanding Interspinous Stabilization Indications

Vertiflex is tailored for individuals experiencing lumbar spinal stenosis unrelieved by conventional treatments. Spinal openings, which facilitate nerve passage, can constrict, leading to nerve impingement.

Symptoms can encompass:

  • Numbness or weakness localized to the legs or buttocks.
  • Leg cramps.
  • Persistent stiffness.
  • Pain spanning the lower back, groin, legs, or buttocks.
  • Difficulty in standing or walking, alleviated by sitting.

Primarily affecting those above 50, spinal stenosis frequently surfaces as a sequel to spinal osteoarthritis. Other contributory conditions include tumors, herniated discs, trauma, and Paget’s disease. Some, born with stenosis or predisposing conditions, might manifest symptoms between 30-50 years. Although incurable, treatments like Vertiflex can significantly ameliorate pain and enhance mobility.

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