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Treatment Options for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Treatment for the painful symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis isn’t limited to rest, physical therapy, and medication. Now there’s a minimally invasive treatment option – the X-Stop® Spacer from Medtronic.

Once a diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis is confirmed, your doctor may prescribe conservative treatment to alleviate painful symptoms. Should conservative treatment fail, surgery is another treatment option.

Conservative Care

In some cases, back and leg pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis can be treated with medication, corticosteroid injections, rest, and physical therapy. If symptoms worsen, conservative measures may not provide relief and patients may begin to consider more vigorous treatment options.

Decompression Surgery

The surgical procedure most often done for lumbar spinal stenosis is a decompressive laminectomy, sometimes accompanied by spinal fusion. This procedure involves removal of portions of the vertebrae, ligaments, and/or bulging disc(s) that that are causing compression of the nerves and/or spinal cord.

Interspinous Process Spacer

The X-Stop Spacer is implanted during a minimally invasive procedure. While the X-Stop Spacer is designed to remain between your spinous processes permanently to prevent the nerves from being pinched, the spacer can be removed. Since there is no structurally important bone removed during the procedure, the X-Stop Spacer provides you and your surgeon with the option to consider additional treatments at a later time if your spinal condition progresses.

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.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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