What is Vertiflex Superion?
Vertiflex Superion is a small, FDA-approved spacer that helps treat chronic pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication. Made from 100% titanium, the interspinous spacer is implanted between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae to widen the spinal canal and neuroforamen. With a Vertiflex Superion implant in place, patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis can improve function and relieve pain.
The Vertiflex Superion procedure is minimally-invasive and requires minimal downtime.
What to Expect During a Vertiflex Procedure
If your chronic pain has not responded to traditional approaches, such as epidural injections or physical therapy, our Austin pain doctors may deem you a good candidate for a Vertiflex implant. During a Vertiflex procedure, patients will receive a local anesthetic to anesthetize the affected area. The doctor will then make a small incision, use a live x-ray to insert the Vertiflex Superion implant, and adjust its wings so it slowly spreads the vertebrae apart. Once the implant is secured in place, the incision is closed with surgical glue or a small stitch. The entire Vertiflex procedure typically takes 20 to 30 minutes.
After a Vertiflex procedure, patients can often expect to enjoy a significant reduction in pain almost immediately. While healing time varies, patients should avoid rigorous physical activity for about 6 weeks and engage only in light to moderate activity during that time. The Vertiflex procedure should provide chronic pain relief for about two years. At that point, or once it wears down, the Vertiflex implant can be replaced during another minimally-invasive procedure.
The Vertiflex Superion Process
Schedule an Appointment
Contact Greater Austin Pain Center to schedule an appointment at one of our three pain management centers in Austin, Kyle, or Dripping Springs.
During an initial consultation, our pain doctors will take the time to learn about your history with chronic pain and previous attempts to treat it. During this evaluation, we’ll determine if Vertiflex is the ideal treatment option for you.
Receive the Vertiflex Implant
Patients will receive a local anesthetic to anesthetize the treatment area. The doctor will create a small incision, use a live x-ray to guide the Vertiflex implant in between the vertebrae, then close the incision with a small suture.
While patients can return to their normal routine, a few days after their procedures, rigorous physical activity should be avoided for about 6 weeks. During that time, patients are encouraged to participate in light activities, such as walking.
What Does a Vertiflex Procedure Treat?
Vertiflex is primarily used to treat patients with lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication. Patients with these pain conditions may exhibit symptoms, such as:
- Back pain
- Sharp leg pain
- Leg cramps
- Numbness in the lower body
A Vertiflex procedure can help relieve these symptoms. If you’re experiencing these spinal stenosis symptoms or similar chronic pain in your lower body, Vertiflex may be a treatment option for you. Contact Greater Austin Pain Center to schedule an appointment and learn more about this procedure.
Vertiflex Frequently Asked Questions
Is Vertiflex safe?
Yes, the Vertiflex Superion implant is FDA-approved to help treat moderate lumbar spinal stenosis.
Is Vertiflex efficient at treating pain?
The Vertiflex procedure is an efficient treatment method for lumbar spinal stenosis. According to a five year study, 66% of patients saw an improvement in back pain, 75% saw an improvement in leg pain, and 90% of patients were satisfied with their Vertiflex procedure.
How long does a Vertiflex procedure take?
The entire Vertiflex procedure can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of implants that are being inserted. Two implants can be inserted during a single procedure.
What are the side effects of Vertiflex?
Vertiflex side effects are minimal and can include mild pain or discomfort from the procedure.
Is Vertiflex covered by insurance?
At Greater Austin Pain Center, we accept most insurance plans. To learn more about whether the Vertiflex procedure is covered by your insurance plan, contact us for more information.
How long does Vertiflex last?
The Vertiflex Superion device has been proven to last up to 2 years. Once worn down, the implant can be replaced with a minimally invasive procedure.
Treat Chronic Pain with a Vertiflex Implant
If you suffer from mild-to-moderate spinal stenosis, contact Greater Austin Pain Center to learn more about the Vertiflex Superion procedure. With three locations in Austin, Kyle, and Dripping Springs, our pain management doctors are ready and eager to help you find a solution for your chronic pain.