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COFLEX® INTERLAMINAR STABILIZATION®

The 1ST and Only Motion Preserving Minimally Invasive Treatment Approved for Moderate to Severe Spinal Stenosis After Decompression

 

Kenneth a. Pettine, MD has performed the most COFLEX implants than any other surgeon in the United States and was the first fellowship trained spine surgeon to implant a coflex device in the United States.

The coflex interlaminar stabilization device is a new, minimally invasive treatment for moderate to severe lumbar stenosis. It is a highly advanced, non-fusion solution that utilizes a titanium implant for spine stabilization. This allows the patient to retain mobility after surgical decompression. The coflex spinal implant offers other advantages over traditional procedures, including a faster recovery time and less post-op pain

What is the Coflex Spinal Implant?

coflex-device-closeup-th.jpgThe coflex spinal device is a titanium implant that is used in conjunction with decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a condition caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal due to mostly degenerative, age-related factors. When the spinal canal narrows, pressure is put on the nerves and spinal cord, causing pain and other adverse symptoms.

When a surgeon alleviates this pressure by performing a decompression procedure, the spine can destabilize and become insecure. Up until now, the standard solution for this was fusion surgery. Fusion is effective, but it does have limitations. The coflex spinal implant takes the place of the fusion procedure following decompression.

The coflex spinal implant is inserted through the same incision as the surgical decompression. It is implanted between adjacent lamina and attached to the laminar bone, which is the strongest part of the lower spine. Once in place, the coflex device secures the spinal column and keeps it healthy going forward.

Traditional fusion surgery fixes the individual bones together and eliminates any movement in between them. The coflex implant preserves the natural range of motion by reinforcing – not fusing – the bones, allowing patients to move and bend without the debilitating pain. The coflex implant is designed to support the entire spine, keeping it strong and helping it maintain normal function.

 About the coflex® Solution

coflex pic w text-1.jpgThe coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ device is a titanium implant that goes in the back of your spine to treat moderate to severe spinal stenosis. After your surgeon performs a decompression that can remove bone, facet, ligament and/or disc segments from the narrowed spinal canal, your spine can become unstable. The coflex® device is inserted to help keep your spine stable while maintaining normal height and motion in your spine after surgical decompression. The design and location of the coflex® device in your back helps offset the joints in your spine that are contributing to your back and leg symptoms.

1. Protects Your Surgical Decompression

After your surgeon has performed a decompression, coflex® is implanted to help maintain the decompression.

2. Stabilization

The coflex® device keeps your spine stable after surgical decompression & maintains foraminal height of your spine where the coflex® was implanted.

3. Non-Fusion

The coflex® device allows for physiologic motion, including flexion and extension, that allows for the spinal segment to maintain appropriate motion after surgical stabilization.

4. Less Invasive

The coflex® device is inserted through a small, midline incision.

Who is a Candidate for the Coflex Spinal Implant?

The coflex interlaminar stabilization device is used in patients with moderate to severe lumbar stenosis. The coflex implant is designed for use in skeletally mature, L1-L5 lumbar stenosis patients. Eligibility also includes:

Moderate to severe functional impairment from the stenosis

  • Symptoms of leg, posterior, or groin pain
  • Back pain may or may not be present
  • Non-surgical treatment is ineffective in treating symptoms

Although the coflex interlaminar stabilization device can be a wonderful alternative to fusion in patients that are experiencing lumbar spinal stenosis, it may not be available in every case. It is important to discuss all treatment options with a spine expert like those at The Spine Institute at RMSO.The expert physicians at The Spine Institute at RMSO are highly trained in determining the best available treatment for each individual spinal stenosis case.

Thecoflex® Interlaminar Technology Design 

The coflex® device consists of a single, U-shaped component, made from medical-grade titanium alloy, a material with a long history of safe use in implantable orthopedic products. In clinical use, the “U” is positioned horizontally, with its apex oriented anteriorly and the two long arms of the “U” paralleling the long axis of the spinous processes. The bone-facing surfaces are ridged to provide resistance to migration.

coflex® Features

  • Titanium alloy that is biocompatible and x-ray visible
  • Crimping of wings for increased primary stability 
  • Five anatomical sizes
  • Color-coded instrumentation

Functionally Dynamic

  • Compressible in extension, allowing flexion
  • Increased rotational stability
  • Center of rotation close to spinal canal

Protection of Posterior Elements

  • Stress reduction on facet joints
  • Maintenance of foraminal height 
  • Large contact area for optimized stress distribution

Ease of Use

  • Less invasive, tissue-sparing procedure
  • Easy and precise application

Although the coflex interlaminar stabilization device can be a wonderful alternative to fusion in patients that are experiencing lumbar spinal stenosis, it may not be available in every case. It is important to discuss all treatment options with The Spine Institute at RMSO to learn about your condition and all options available to you.  

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