Best Vertiflex in Linwood, New Jersey

This is a small implant that is placed in the spine, outside the spinal canal to open up the space of the spinal canal. The best vertiflex in New Jersey performed at Mainland Pain Management is a process done for patients with spinal stenosis or subarticular stenosis in lumbar spine. It is a minimally invasive procedure. The implant alleviates back and leg pain by lifting off weight on the spinal canal or nerves. This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia or light sedation using X-ray guidance. The procedure is a same day procedure with quick recovery time.

Vertiflex or spacers

The vertiflex procedure uses a small implant ( Superion Indirect Decompression system ) that is placed inside the spine to help with pain that is due to decreased space in the spinal column during walking or standing. The implant opens up the space for nerves which decreases the pressure on them thus alleviating pain.
It is a minimally invasive procedure, where a superion device is placed between the spinous processes, tiny projections on the back from the spinal column, which opens up the spinal canal space. It is a same day procedure and you will go home after the procedure.

Who is a candidate for vertiflex procedure

Before offering the best vertiflex in New Jersey treatment, the doctor will first establish whether the patient is an appropriate candidate for the treatment. Among the deciding considerations are:

  • Skeletally mature patients with pain in the legs or back after walking 50 feet or standing or sitting for a long time with diagnosis of moderate spinal stenosis
  • Patients whose back pain is alleviated with bending forward
  • Patients with 2 adjacent level moderate stenosis
Best Vertiflex in Linwood, New Jersey

How to prepare

  • You should have X rays and MRI Lumbar spine
  • You should have tried conservative measures such as Physical therapy, relaxation, medications, epidural steroid injections.
  • Your physician will need to know if you have complicated medical or surgical history. Let your physician know of any heart or respiratory or neurological problems in the past. Also give them a complete list of medications and allergies. It is important to tell them if you are on anticoagulants or blood thinners. If you are on heart medications and or anticoagulants the physician will consult with your cardiologist or neurologist if it’s safe for you to hold blood thinners.

To prepare you for the best Vertiflex in Linwood, our specialists may suggest additional blood tests, including your blood count or CBC, electrolytes or BMP, and PT/INR/PTT for your coagulation profile. You will need a ride after the procedure.

On the day of procedure

  • You will be asked to not eat anything 8 hours prior to procedure
  • You can have all your medications with a sip of water or pulpless apple juice. You can have black coffee up to 2 hours prior to procedure
  • You will need to hold blood thinners, the provider will provide you information regarding what medications need to be held, and for how long, prior to the procedure.
  • You will need a responsible adult to bring you to and from the procedure as you will not be able to drive 24 hours of the procedure

The procedure is usually performed using deep sedation or general anaesthesia, typically you will talk to the anaesthesia team or sedation team prior to the procedure.
You will be positioned prone for the procedure and administered anaesthesia. It is a sterile procedure. Usually there is 2-3 cm incision for the procedure. The procedure is performed using fluoroscopy guidance. Once the spacer is positioned, the skin incision will be closed with sutures. 

Bandages will be placed around the procedure site. To deliver a patient-friendly experience and the best vertiflex in Linwood, the specialist will prescribe pain medications for any procedure-related pain.

Follow up after the procedure

  • You can go home after the surgery and recovery from anaesthesia. Avoid pulling, stretching, lifting after the surgery. Dressings will be there on incisions, which can be removed after 3-4 days. Incisions heal 2-4 weeks after surgery.
  • Light activity is encouraged 2 weeks after surgery, you can walk about the day after surgery.
  • Once approved by the surgeon, you can drive or work after the surgery.
  • It is best to avoid soaking, swimming pool for 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • You will be following up with the surgeon 2-3 weeks after surgery for suture removal.

To get the best vertiflex in New Jersey treatment, book an appointment with Dr. Dipty Mangla at Mainland Pain Management. 

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