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About the Therapy
The interspinous spacer is a small implant that may relieve the painful symptoms of spinal stenosis.
A spacer is a minimally invasive implant that sits between two interspinous processes in your lower spine. The spacer increases height between the processes, relieving the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.
Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to dynamic stabilisation with an interspinous spacer.
Review some of the common questions and concerns about interspinous spacers.
An interspinous spacer is designed to treat the symptoms of spinal stenosis, a sometimes painful condition caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal. The spacer is an implant designed to keep the space between your spinous processes open, so that when you stand upright, the nerves in your back will not be pinched or cause pain.
By enlarging the space between the bones in your back, the spacer reduces pressure on the spinal nerves, thereby alleviating the symptoms of spinal stenosis, including:
The spacer is designed to remain permanently in place without attaching screws or hardware to the bone or ligaments in your back. Because the bone and tissue removal typically associated with traditional back surgery is usually not necessary with a spacer, the natural anatomy of the spine may be preserved.
Following your discharge from the hospital, physiotherapy may be recommended. Your doctor may schedule a follow-up exam approximately six weeks later. While your doctor may impose limitations on your physical activities in the weeks following your operation, you may be able to travel and engage in light activity as soon as you feel able.
In some cases, normal activity may be resumed with 2-6 weeks after the procedure, provided your doctor has given you permission to do so.
If you are planning to have other diagnostic procedures or treatments, you should inform all doctors involved in your care that you have had spinal surgery.
Caution: It is important to follow your doctor's instructions carefully in order to fully recover from surgery. Failure to follow postoperative care recommendations may result in recurrence of symptoms and discomfort. A stress fracture of the spinous process may occur if strenuous physical activity is resumed too soon postoperatively.
Ciol MA, Deyo RA, Howell E, Kreif S. An assessment of surgery for spinal stenosis: time trends, geographic variations, complications, and reoperations. J Am Geriatr Soc 1996;44:285-90.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.