CSC offers new minimally invasive iO-Flex technology for lumbar stenosis

Relieves Common Lower Back and Leg Pain

ioflex-logo-smCenter for Spine Care is offering a new minimally invasive treatment option for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who are considering decompression surgery: the iO-Flex System. If you suffer from lumbar stenosis and symptoms of lower back pain or shooting pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in your buttocks and legs, you may be helped by decompression with the iO-Flex System.

At Center for Spine Care, we are continually evaluating new technology and assessing whether new techniques or devices help us to offer the most advanced, cutting-edge options for our patients with conditions and ailments of the spine. We diligently investigate and assess these new devices to be certain that they are effective and safe before incorporating them into the operating room. Often this involves working with new technology in training labs, and corroborating with industry manufacturers to ensure the validity of these therapies. Data and evidence through stringent clinical trials are crucial to popular acceptance of new technology so that there is limited risk to patients.

We have been using the iO-Flex device with excellent results in carefully selected patients. The iO-Flex device is one of many advanced, minimally invasive technologies we use at CSC to better care for our patients with spinal conditions in a safe and effective way.

3-areas-of-StenosisLumbar stenosis is a degenerative condition caused by the overgrowth of bone and tissue that press on nerves as they exit the spine and travel to the lower half of the body. Lumbar stenosis can occur in three distinct areas depending on the location of the overgrown bone and tissue.

The iO-Flex System is the first minimally invasive set of flexible instruments able to target lumbar stenosis in all three areas while preserving healthy spine anatomy. Because the iO-Flex System is designed to be less invasive and less traumatic, it may lead to shorter operating times, hospital stays and recovery times compared to traditional decompression.

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar stenosis is a common degenerative spinal condition caused by the overgrowth of bone and tissue that press on nerves as they exit the spine and travel to the lower half of the body. It affects over 3 million aging Americans each year with lower back pain or shooting pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the buttocks and legs. It is the number one reason for spine surgery in patients over age 65.

What is decompression surgery? 

Decompression is well documented as a successful spine surgery and is considered after conservative measures such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections have failed. It involves cutting away overgrown bone and tissue to relieve pressure around impacted nerves.  The majority of lumbar stenosis patients have good results with decompression, and most leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities in only a few weeks.

How does the iO-Flex System differ from traditional instruments used in lumbar decompression?

ioflex-systemTraditional decompression instruments are rigid and knife-like, limiting their ability to target all three areas of lumbar stenosis. In order to access the stenosis, they often require the removal of healthy bone and tissue needed to maintain spinal stability.

The iO-Flex System offers a less invasive alternative to help preserve a patient’s healthy anatomy.  It includes a fine surgical wire that is used to guide the thin flexible tool to all three areas where lumbar stenosis can occur and simply shave away the overgrown bone and tissue from the inside out. It is the only treatment alternative that is able to reach and relieve pressure surrounding up to two nerves on each side of the spine, through one small incision.

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