Patients' Guide to Non-Fusion, Motion Preserving Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ Technology

How the coflex® Device Works

Non-Fusion, Motion Preserving Treatment

The coflex® Solution is a device specifically designed to help keep your spine stable after a decompression surgery without the need to fuse your vertebral bones together—motion and natural movement are kept in your spine at the operated area, as well as in the neighboring parts of your spine.

  • The coflex® device is a U-shaped titanium implant that goes in the back of your spine after decompression to provide stability while maintaining the motion in your spine.
  • The coflex® device is strong yet simple, and flexible enough to support your spine without having to fuse your bones together.
  • The coflex® device comes in different sizes enabling your surgeon to properly fit the implant in a range of patient anatomies into the space between the spinous processes.
  • The coflex® implant also helps keep normal height in the area where nerves leave the spine so they can exit freely without being pinched.

The coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ device's U-shaped implant fits between the spinous processes and is positioned securely on the laminar bone, and the wings are designed to prevent the implant from moving.



About Surgical Decompression
In a surgical decompression procedure, your surgeon removes the bone and soft tissue that is putting pressure on the nerves of your spinal canal.  A surgical decompression procedure may cause the spine to become unstable.

Surgical Decompression with Spinal Fusion may be used to provide stability to your spine. The surgeon uses metal rods and screws to hold the bones in place while the vertebrae fuse together (example below). The fusion stops the motion in that portion of your spine.

Surgical Decompression with Spinal Fusion

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This content is for educational purposes only and does not replace having a conversation with your physician. Discuss your alternatives with your physician and select the treatment method that best seems to meet your current pain level and lifestyle. Please keep in mind that treatment and outcome results vary among patients.

Indications for Use – The coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device
"This device is indicated for use in one- or two-level lumbar stenosis from L1–L5 in skeletally mature patients with at least moderate impairment in function, who experience relief in flexion from their symptoms of leg/buttocks/groin pain, with or without back pain, and who have undergone at least 6 months of non-operative treatment. The coflex is intended to be implanted midline between adjacent lamina of 1 or 2 contiguous lumbar motion segments. Interlaminar stabilization is performed after decompression of stenosis at the affected level(s)."

Updated on: 01/28/16
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