John Peloza, M.D. and Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D., FAANS are the first in the United States since FDA approval to use the coflex® Interlaminar Technology, a motion preserving, minimally invasive treatment for people with degenerative spinal stenosis. The first case was done November 5, 2012 at the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Dallas.
For patients with lumbar stenosis or spondylolisthesis, which are both very painful conditions, this is a welcome and much awaited treatment. Stenosis is a painful condition caused by narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the nerves causing pain in the groin, buttocks and down the leg. Spondylolisthesis is when one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it. Most often, this happens in the lower back because that part of the spine bears excess weight and absorbs significant directional pressures.
The coflex device is used in conjunction with decompression treatment and provides stabilization to the spine and a unique “flexion” design that helps provide patients with more mobility. Until now, the standard treatment has been spinal fusion which can limit movement.
CSC Medical Director Dr. John Peloza, a pioneer of minimally invasive treatments for the spine, says the coflex device offers an exciting new way to treat patients with stenosis and spondylolisthesis. “Our goal at CSC is always to get patients back to their normal lives as quickly as possible,” he says. “The minimally invasive co-flex achieves this with shorter operating times and hospital stays, quicker recovery time, faster pain relief, greater mobility at the treatment level, as well as natural movement at adjacent levels. For most patients, we can do the procedure in an ambulatory surgery center.”
CSC’s Dr. Michael J. Musacchio, also a pioneer in minimally invasive spine treatments, is looking forward to treating many patients with the co-flex. “We do not offer patients with back or neck pain a ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment,” he says. “We are involved in numerous clinical research studies in helping develop the most modern technologies that provide relief. The coflex is an exciting new treatment and we are proud to be the first in the country to use it.”
Both CSC physicians will be training surgeons across the country on how to use the new device. “I’m looking forward to training colleagues across the country on this modern technology so that they too can help patients heal quickly from debilitating back pain.”
Since 1996, the Center for Spine Care has been on the forefront of many of the most modern, minimally-invasive technologies currently used to treat patients with back or neck pain. Utilizing these technologies as well as clinical research data provided on all of their treatments and procedures, CSC is able to diagnose and offer patients options based on this evidence based research.
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