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ISS DIVSE FOR BACK PAIN

Started by emaboud on 06/06/2010 5:06am

Been in pain for three years tried all kinds of back injections and all kinds of inflammatory for the back pain,no use .Even tried coagulation for the nerves in L4 L5 no use .Now my doctor going to use an ISS dives for my law back instead going a major operation .
I want an advise on that

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I assume you are referring to interspinous spacers for spinal stenosis? If yes... some background and links for further learning.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal and is common among older adults. Low back with possibly leg pain is a typical sign of this problem. For many, bending forward relieves the pain.

Currently, only one spacer has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (X-Stop), but there are others in clinical trials working towards FDA approval (Coflex and the Wallis system for example). The alternative surgery is decompressive laminotomy which is the more common procedure for this disease.

All the interspinous spacers do essentially the same thing. With respect to whether it works or note - An abstract from a 2005 peer reviewed paper in the medical journal Spine had the following conclusion - "The X STOP provides a conservative yet effective treatment for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis. In the continuum of treatment options, the X STOP offers an attractive alternative to both conservative care and decompressive surgery." source:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15959362

However, its important to note, there are no long term results at this point since the procedures are relatively new. The early data seems to support that the procedure is safe and effective in most people (note most not all). Even though it is less invasive than a traditional laminotomy, It is still surgery and there are risks, you should seek medical advice from multiple qualified surgeons with experience in interspinous spacers AND surgery for spinal stenosis.

Here are some additional abstracts from peer reviewed journals

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16826002

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20424821

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19387698

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