Posterior Dynamic Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine
For many, artificial disc replacement surgery is the preferred alternative to fusion however, as ADR does not treat the more common lumbar problems such as spinal stenosis, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis, some patients will find they are not eligible for the motion preserving treatment. For patients suffering from lower back and leg pain who do not qualify for ADR and are averse to undergoing fusion surgery, Dynamic Stabilization may be a real option.
For over 20 years Dynamic Stabilization has been performed in Europe to treat radicular pain caused by common conditions of the spine. The procedure is performed as a ‘standalone’ treatment or in addition to fusion and involves fitting a brace like device made up of flexible materials which support affected segments of the spine, helps preserve a controlled range of motion and reduce pain.
Dr Bartolomé Oliver and his team are highly experienced and skilled in assessing cases for dynamic stabilization and performing surgeries using the Zimmer Dynesys and Globus Medical systems which allow for multilevel stabilization. Dr Oliver advises that the ‘stabilization systems are added to the spine without damaging the normal anatomical structure and are inserted using a Minimal Access Technique which involves splitting the muscles as opposed to cutting them. This method allows patients further options in the future'. This approach has been used by Dr Oliver in over 400 surgeries with excellent results in the following indications:
Young people with invalidating low back pain and degenerative disk disease with black disc and fissures.
Elderly patients with canal stenosis for stabilization.
Recurrent disc herniation.
Mild segmental instability such as retrolisthesis or grade I degenerative spondylolisthesis
If you would like to be considered for Dynamic Stabilization or would like a quote for treatment, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org