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When an Interspinous Device May Be Necessary

Interspinous devices are typically recommended for patients with:

  • Moderate to severe lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Symptoms that are primarily present or worsen while standing or walking
  • Inadequate relief from conservative treatments like physical therapy, medications, or epidural injections

The Surgical Procedure

Implanting an interspinous device at Excel Health is a minimally invasive procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. The process begins with a small incision made in the lower back, through which the surgeon gains access to the spine. Precision is key as the interspinous device is carefully placed between the spinous processes of the vertebrae affected by stenosis.

The device acts as a strategic spacer, keeping the vertebrae apart to prevent the narrowing of the spinal canal, particularly when standing or walking.

Once the device is securely in place, the incision is closed. The entire procedure is generally quick, and patients are often able to return home on the same day, marking the beginning of their recovery journey.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, our approach to using interspinous devices is characterized by:

  • A thorough evaluation to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for the device
  • Utilization of advanced imaging techniques for precise placement of the device
  • A focus on minimally invasive surgical methods to ensure a quicker recovery and reduce postoperative discomfort

Post-surgical Care and Recovery:

Recovery following the implantation of an interspinous device is usually swift and marked by a gradual improvement in symptoms. Most patients experience a significant reduction in the pain and discomfort associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. After the procedure, patients are typically able to return home the same day with guidance on managing any initial discomfort and instructions for postoperative care.

Follow-up appointments are crucial in the days and weeks after the surgery to monitor the position of the device and assess its effectiveness. Additionally, physical therapy may be recommended as part of the recovery process, focusing on strengthening the back muscles and enhancing overall spinal mobility.

At Excel Health, our dedicated team provides comprehensive support throughout the recovery process, ensuring each patient achieves the best possible outcome and a return to improved daily functioning and quality of life.

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