As of 2015, Vertiflex was approved for treating spinal stenosis and related health conditions. In this blog on the Vertiflex procedure, we’ll answer the following questions:
- What is Vertiflex?
- Who is not a candidate for Vertiflex?
- How long does Vertiflex implant last?
- Does insurance cover Vertiflex?
- How TPC Uses Vertiflex
What is Vertiflex?
Vertiflex is a clinically proven, minimally invasive procedure that targets leg and back pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis (lSS) and related conditions. Individuals may also experience neck pain, numbness in the leg, weakness in the leg or foot, and bowel or bladder problems.
Spinal stenosis occurs when the canal where the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots run narrows, tightening the space and creating overall discomfort. The Vertiflex procedure uses a small device to spread the opening and take pressure off the canal and nerve roots.
Who is Not a Candidate for Vertiflex?
Vertiflex is designed for those who have tried other conservative treatments without receiving desired results. This procedure is meant to treat mild to moderate spinal stenosis. That said, people with major instability, significant scoliosis, or who have had an invasive spinal surgery aren’t good candidates for Vertiflex.
How Long Does Vertiflex Implant Last?
The Vertiflex implant, on average, provides pain relief for two years, but clinical studies have shown the procedure to be effective for up to five years. It’s an outpatient procedure with little to no downtime, so patients typically need to avoid strenuous activities for six weeks.
Does Insurance Cover Vertiflex?
Most insurance plans cover Vertiflex but may vary depending on the provider and specific plan. It’s covered by Medicare and Medicaid, with most patients using original Medicare coverage for the procedure.
How TPC Uses Vertiflex
The Pain Center of Arizona offers Vertiflex with our TPC Spine Lift branded treatment. TPC Spine Lift is a spinal decompression treatment to relieve spinal nerve pressure pain. This procedure is designed to aid patients suffering from chronic pain due to spinal stenosis and related conditions.
Our procedure uses the Vertiflex technique, lifting the space where the lumbar vertebrae are narrowing or bulging (often resulting from spinal stenosis). This process is done under a live X-ray as guidance, placing a small device that opens up the pressure area.