Superion Procedure: A Step Below Surgery
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a painful condition in which the spinal canal narrows, compressing the nerves that run down your back and into the legs. Anyone of any age can be affected, but your chances of developing LSS increase with age, and the condition is most common among adults age 60 and up.
For millions of Americans living with lumbar spinal stenosis, chronic back and leg pain can be a debilitating experience. LSS usually causes weakness, numbness, or tingling in the lower back and legs, and severe pain. These symptoms can interfere with your mobility, and affect your ability to work, play, and to enjoy life.
For years, patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis essentially had two options:
- Conservative measures:Medication, physical therapy, and activity modification.
- Open-spine surgery:Decompression surgery, with or without spinal fusion.
But for many patients, these two options leave no room for a middle ground. Decompression surgery is invasive and risky, and the road to recovery is long and uncomfortable. And conservative measures often don’t do enough to manage the severe pain of LSS.
How Does the Superion Procedure Work?
Fortunately, there’s now a new procedure that bridges the gap between surgery and conservative treatment. The Superion Indirect Decompression System is an FDA-approved treatment for moderate LSS. Superion is safe and effective, and is an excellent choice for patients who haven’t yet found relief, but want to avoid surgery.
Superion is a minimally-invasive procedure. It’s performed through a tiny incision in the lower back, and can be done on an outpatient basis, in less than an hour.
With the Superion system, a small, titanium device is implanted into the damaged disc. There is no removal of bone or other tissue, which minimizes the amount of bleeding. The implant makes space for the nerves, allowing you to stand and move without painful pinching. The device comes in several different sizes, so that your specialist can choose the right fit for you.
A Safe and Effective Treatment for LSS
Superion IDS has been rigorously tested, with proven durability and effectiveness. In clinical trials, Superion decreased leg pain by an average of 70% within two years of implantation. And after four years, nearly 90% of patients were satisfied with their results.
You owe it to yourself to find out if Superion is right for you. You may be a good candidate if:
- Your condition is moderate.
- You experience radiating leg pain.
- You’ve exhausted your nonsurgical options and found no relief.
You deserve expert care from a team who understands your pain and your individual needs. If you’d like to learn more about Superion, call our offices today. Our award-winning physician specializes in nonsurgical techniques and innovations from the field of pain management.