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Lumbar Spinal Disease
Spinal Stenosis is a common problem in South Florida. We are leaders in treatment of this disease.
- Overview of Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal Stenosis Information
- Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis
- Spinal Stenosis / Nerve Compression
- Non-Operative Treatment
- Surgical Treatments
- Spinal Stenosis - Minimally Invasive
- Spinal Stenosis/Foraminal Stenosis
- What is Spinal Pain?
- What Causes Spinal Pain?
- Spinal Stenosis Pain Management
Cervical Spine Treatment
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
IPD Procedure Interspinous Process Decompression
Stewart G. Eidelson, M.D.
Interspinous Process Decompression (IPD) is a surgical procedure in which an implant is placed between two bones called spinous processes in the back of the spine. The implant is designed to keep the space between the spinous processes open, so that when standing upright the nerves in the back will not be pinched or cause pain. With the implant in place, it should not be necessary to bend forward to relive pain.
IPD offers several benefits compared to traditional surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, including:
- the option of local anesthesia
- the potential to be an outpatient procedure
- usually no removal of bone or soft tissue, allowing for potentially faster recovery
- fully reversible procedure that does not limit any future non-surgical and surgical treatment options
- the implant can be removed
- does not create instability
- little blood loss
Each year, millions of seniors have restrictions of their activity due to the natural aging of the spine. Fortunately, this breakthrough technology has allowed patients to return to a quality of life where they can once again become active and enjoy recreational activities such as golf, tennis and water sports.
Due to the minimally invasive nature, there is faster recovery and a lower complication rate. This procedure may be an alternative to the more invasive procedures such as a complex laminectomy and fusion requiring rods and screws. This new procedure has lower risks when performed on senior patients and usually can be performed in one hour.
Most patients, who have undergone the procedure have seen immediate improvement in back, buttock and leg pain and have been able to return to significant activity within a week or two after the procedure. It does not require any postoperative bracing. Sutures are removed within 6-7 days and minor medication may be given for pain control.