As people age, the size and shape of their spinal canals change. Some age-related spinal changes are so extreme as to make walking or standing up straight very difficult. In addition, there may be leg, buttock or groin pain as well as leg weakness, numbness and cramping. The condition that causes all these symptoms is known as spinal stenosis.
Vertiflex Superion for Spinal Stenosis
A cutting edge treatment for spinal stenosis is the Vertiflex procedure, which utilizes the Superion implant.* Dr. Skaribas was one of the first physicians in the United States to perform Vertiflex and is a proctor for the procedure (teaching other doctors). He does this procedure more than anyone else in the Houston area.
All or Nothing?
Until a couple of years ago, patients with spinal stenosis were faced with two polar-opposite choices: live with the condition, perhaps with some conservative care, or elect to have invasive surgery. Now there is a middle option with the Vertiflex procedure.*
Via a very small tube, Dr. Skaribas inserts and implants a device called Superion that relieves pressure on the affected nerves with an H-shaped spinal spacer. The process is minimally invasive, with little blood loss or tissue damage, rendering it a relatively simple outpatient procedure.*
With Vertiflex, patients experience rapid recuperation and no destabilization of the spine. FDA approved in 2016, so far Superion has clinically proven to be effective for up to 48 months.*
Dr. Skaribas performing the cutting edge Vertiflex procedure to treat spinal stenosis.