TPC Spine Lift
TPC Spine Lift is a minimally invasive spinal decompression solution for conditions related to spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication (pseudo claudication).
The procedure relieves pain from pressure on the spinal nerves caused by stenosis. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, or weakness in limbs, problems walking or balancing, neck pain, and bowel or bladder problems.
How am I Diagnosed?
Diagnosis is made with lateral X-ray, including flexion and extension views to identify the degree of instability. MRI studies can demonstrate the degree of central or foraminal stenosis (narrowing of parts of the spinal canal) resulting in compression of the spinal canal and spinal nerves.
Myerding Classification (Grades I-V) denotes Grade I as <25% subluxation and Grade II as 25 to 50% subluxation.
How Does TPC Spine Lift Work?
TPC Spine Lift is a minimally invasive solution for patients that have a condition known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the canal where the spinal cord and the spinal nerve roots run. This canal can be narrowed and can become stenotic. There are several factors that can be the cause of this: Sometimes it’s inflammation of a disc, or it’s inflammation of the joints around that canal or a thickened ligament. In any event, what ends up happening is that this narrowing will cause stenosis, and that will reflect in your back pain, often shooting down the legs with prolonged walking and standing.
We utilize the Vertiflex procedure for the TPC Spine Lift. Oftentimes, what happens with this spinal stenosis is that when the lumbar vertebrae narrows and bulges, that space gets really tight. With the Vertiflex procedure, we can go in and simply lift up that space.
When these discs get worn down, the foramen (holes through which the spinal nerve roots travel) get constricted further, adding to the spinal stenosis that can occur centrally. The Vertiflex procedure is about a 20-minute procedure under live X-ray guidance where we can go in and place a small device to spread out the opening and take pressure off the canal centrally, also relieving pressure off the nerve roots, ultimately treating the stenosis.
The Vertiflex procedure is a simple, minimally invasive treatment that can provide effective, long-term relief.
- FDA approved
- Small incision <1inch
- Same-day procedure
- Does not require the removal of bone or tissue
- Speedy recovery time(1wk return to normal activity)
- Low risk of infection or complications
- Can provide long-term relief
- More than 10,000 patients treated since 2016
Expectations and Recovery
The Vertiflex procedure is supported by 5-year, Level 1 Evidence:
- Back Pain Improvement: 66%*
- Leg Pain Improvement: 75%*
- Opioid Reduction: 85%+
- Patient Satisfaction: 90%*
*Study completers at 5 years when compared to baseline scores
+decrease in the proportion of patients using opioids compared to baseline at 5 years