The X-STOP device, which stands for interspinous Process Decompression System, is designed to alleviate the symptoms associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. This device is inserted into the spine to prevent a person from bending too far backward at the point of the spine where the narrowing is occurring. When individuals with spinal stenosis move too far back in their spines, it can cause sciatica and lower back pain.
If you are struggling with spinal stenosis and have not found success trying conservative methods and physical therapy, an X-Stop procedure may be a viable option or treatment. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this procedure is right for you.
THe X-STOP device is a titanium implant that is injected into the area of the spine where spinal stenosis is occurring. The design of the device prevents patients from hyper-extending their spine (moving too far back) at the affected segments while still allowing enough mobility in the lower back to bend forward to a healthy degree. Patients who meet certain criteria can benefit from an X-STOP in lieu of a laminectomy—the surgery that is generally used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.
An X-STOP device is inserted into the spine from the pack while the patient lies on their back or stomach. Local or general anesthesia may be used for the situation. An incision is made in the affected area of the lower back. Using x-ray guidance, a surgeon will then place the X-STOP device under the damaged ligament and secure the device in position.
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Some patients will experience immediate relief following the procedure and go home the same day while others will have some discomfort and require a short hospital stay—usually one day. There are typically physical limitations post-procedure, including avoiding heavy lifting, bending backward, and exercising. These limitations only last a short time period. Soon after surgery, your doctor will probably recommend a physical therapy program and you can expect to return to normal activities in 2-6 weeks.
Like any medical procedure, there are some risks and complications that can occur from X-STOP Surgery. Some of these potential complications include:
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether an X-STOP spinal procedure is right or you is to consult a skilled spine specialist.
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If you are experiencing pain from spinal stenosis that has not resolved from conservative, non-surgical treatments, an X-STOP procedure may be a viable option for treatment. Scheduling an appointment with a skilled spine specialist is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons offer expert diagnoses and tailored treatment plans. Our experienced and board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic specialists work together to treat spine and back disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Our doctors understand that every person is unique and requires a personalized treatment plan.
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