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® 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.
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)."