Southwest Spine & Pain Center first and only provider of Vertiflex spine procedure in Northern Utah

St. George, Utah – June 8, 2018

Southwest Spine & Pain Center, the leading spine and pain care group in Utah, is excited to be the first and only provider in Northern Utah of Vertiflex’s Superion® Indirect Decompression System (IDS) for patients suffering from moderate lumbar spinal stenosis. Board certified physicians, Dr. Eric Freeman and Dr. Bryan Hoelzer of Southwest Spine and Pain, who are located in Provo, Utah are the only certified MD’s in Northern Utah who are able to offer this innovative and highly effective therapy.

What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis can be the result of aging and “wear and tear” on the spine from everyday activities. It is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can produce a variety of symptoms:

  • a dull or aching pain spreading to your groin, buttocks or legs
  • a numbness or “pins and needles” in your legs, calves, or buttocks
  • a decreased endurance for physical activities
  • loss of balance
  • sciatic pain

Patients who suspect lumbar spinal stenosis should see their doctor to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms. Radiology tests, like MRIs or x-rays, may be needed to diagnose LSS.

For qualified patients, this procedure is covered by Medicare and many commercial insurances.

The Superion ® Indirect Decompression System (IDS)

Patients who suffer from moderate LSS with radiating leg pain and have been treated with non-surgical options for at least 6 months with no relief from their symptoms may benefit from the Superion IDS. Unlike direct decompression or fusion surgery, the Superion IDS uses a small titanium device that is available in different sizes to best match a patient’s spinal anatomy.

The Superion implant is delivered to the spinal disc through a small tube the size of a dime to reduce tissue damage and blood loss. The Superion implant is designed to relieve pressure on affected nerves in the spine while preserving a patient’s anatomy and their ability to maintain motion.

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Southwest Spine & Pain Centers is the leading spine and pain management group in Utah. The physicians of this multi-location practice are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions using leading minimally invasive techniques and procedures. For more information, or to schedule an appointment click here, or call 435-656-2424.