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coflex® device vs fusion

Started by Subicbay on 01/17/2017 1:40pm

Has anyone in this board used coflex device as opposed to spinal fusion?

The coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ device has been widely adopted across the United States since its FDA approval in 2012.

I have severe spinal stenosis C4-5 and I was told that I needed surgery. I've seen several surgeon and they all use fusion.

A friend gave me a name of a surgeon in NYC who use coflex device instead of fusion.

I would appreciate anyone if they can share their experience with the coflex® device.

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I had a double cervical disc replacement by Dr Bobby Tay at UCSF MEDICAL in San Fran. Worked wonderfully. Don't go with fusion.

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Subicbay,

Much like yourself, I have chronic back pain for over one year due to a fall; the V.A. Hospital that I utilize has tried physical therapy, rehab, acupuncture ,epidurals, special chemical epidurals, and IDET ablation has essentially given up, suggestion Fusion at N.Y.U. At my age, 72, the neurosurgeon at N.Y.U. suggested minimally invasive surgery with Colflex, but the N.Y.U. surgeon that I was sent to could not do that specific procedure. Yes, I have spent much time researching the most conservative and less invasive procedures currently in use, and the Colflex was the only device that afforded " FLEXIBILITY " , while I have seen my nephews and friend (77) have spinal fusion and end up with more pain, rather than less. We both have to realize that there is a luck factor in any surgery....i.e., the right doctor, minimally invasive, no pain after surgery with Colflex and no infection. I even checked out REGENNEX, a stem cell platelet mixture that spurs growth and decompresses the spine, but have concluded it is too early for stem cells, and way too expensive. Of concern to myself, is the lack of use of Colflex devices for older seniors, or is it possible that not enough data is available to assure us of a positive outcome.

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