Indirect Decompression System
A New Treatment Option for moderate Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Superion® is a spinal implant designed to treat symptoms of moderate lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS).
This device is implanted by minimally invasive methods through a small cannula.
Patients who will benefit the most from the Superion® implant are those whose symptoms are relieved when bending forward, such as when pushing a shopping cart.
The Superion® procedure is reversible and will not remove the structures (bones or tissue) of the spine. All future treatment options will still be available.
How does it work?
Your physician will implant Superion® between the spinous processes (the bony projections off the back of each vertebra) through a tube that is approximately the diameter of a dime.
The device is designed to limit extension at the affected level to relieve symptoms while preserving mobility and structural elements. Leaning forward causes the spinal canal to open, which relieves pressure on the nerves. The Superion® implant produces the same effect –relieving pressure on the nerves—without leaning forward.
When do I need this procedure?
You have undergone 6 months of conservative care without relief from pain. This includes (and is not limited to) any of the following:
- Reduced Physical Activity
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Physical Therapy
- As the next step after conservative treatment but before major surgery
- If undergoing major surgery is too demanding based on your medical history
This outpatient procedure features a reduced operative time and involves no tissue or bone resection, minimal blood loss and no destabilization of anatomical structures.
- A clinically proven, less invasive alternative for lumbar stenosis
- Does not limit future treatment options
- No general anesthesia, small incision
- Lower rate of serious peri-and-post operative complications
- Clinical improvement comparable to “gold standard” laminectomy
The deployed Superion®. The implant fits between the spinous processes and the wings help prevent the implant from moving.