After your surgeon has performed a direct decompression, the coflex device can be inserted through a minimal incision to keep that area of the spine open and stable. Decompression procedures are more durable and sustainable when coflex is added on for treatment. In fact, patients that receive decompression alone (without the addition of coflex) are almost twice as likely to need a future intervention (either a reoperation or epidural injection).
The design and location of the coflex device in your back helps offset the joints in your spine that are contributing to your leg and back pain symptoms (called facet joints), helping your vertebrae move in a controlled manner. Patients who suffer from both leg and/or back pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis are candidates for the coflex Interlaminar Stabilization device.
In addition, the coflex allows for physiologic motion, including flexion and extension, which enables the spinal segment to maintain appropriate motion after non-fusion stabilization with coflex. Also, the adjacent segments maintain physiologic motion after the procedure, which may prevent adjacent disc disease.