Friday, March 27, 2015

Understanding Spinal Stenosis

Understanding Spinal Stenosis

As we age changes cause spaces in the spine to narrow and put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves as they branch out. This can result in leg pain, weakness, or numbness that gets worse when walking or standing, and improves when sitting or bending forward.

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When medications and injections fail to provide pain relief , your doctor may refer you to a spine surgeon for traditional lumbar decompression surgery. The surgery removes the bone and soft tissue putting pressure on your nerves and causing your pain. While effective, the traditional procedure typically requires general anesthesia and a hospital stay.

You may have an alternative to traditional surgery.
Learn more about the Steps Clinical Study for the Minimally-invasive Totalis™ Procedure.

What is the Totalis™ System?


The Totalis™ system is a set of specialized instruments that perform the surgical procedure through a small tube that is about the diameter of a dime. Through this tube, doctors use the specialized Totalis™ instruments to remove the tissue and bone that are compressing the spinal nerves, while using X-ray images to precisely guide the procedure.

The Totalis™ system is FDA cleared, and currently being offered at select spine centers as part of the STEPS Clinical Trial.

The Totalis™ system is:
  • Minimally-invasive alternative to traditional spine surgery
  • Does not require general anesthesia
  • Allows most patients to return home the same day

» Learn more about the Steps Clinical Study for the Totalis™ Procedure and find Study locations

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