X-STOP® IPD® for Spinal Stenosis
The X-STOP® IPD® Procedure offers several benefits compared to traditional surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, including:
- The option of local anesthesia
- The potential to be an outpatient procedure
- Usually no removal of bone or soft tissue allowing for potentially quicker recovery
- Fully reversible procedure that does not limit any future non-surgical and surgical treatment options
- What is the X-STOP® IPD® System ?
- What is X-Stop® IPD® Procedure?
- Why may the X-STOP® IPD Implant work?
What is the X-STOP® IPD® System ?
The X-STOP® IPD® Implant is a titanium metal implant designed to fit between the spinous processes of the vertebrae in your lower back. It is designed to remain safely and permanently in place without attaching to the bone or ligaments in your back.
The oval spacer fits between the spinous processes and the wings are designed to prevent the implant from moving.
Warning: The X-STOP® Implant is manufactured from a titanium alloy of metal. Please inform your doctor if you think you are allergic to titanium or titanium alloy.
Caution: The X-STOP® Implant is manufactured from a titanium alloy which is known to produce artifacts if you undergo an MRI exam. If you have an MRI exam, after you have had X-STOP® Procedure, inform your doctor that you have the X-STOP® IPD® Implant. Failure to inform your doctor may affect the quality of diagnostic information obtained from these scans. The X-STOP® IPD® Implant is MRI safe.
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What is X-Stop® IPD® Procedure?
The X-STOP® IPD Procedure is a surgical procedure in which an implant, called the X-STOP® IPD Implant , is placed between two bones called spinous processes in the back of your spine.
With the X-STOP® IPD® Procedure there is no removal of bone or soft tissue. The X-STOP® IPD® Implant is not positioned close to nerves or the spinal cord, but rather behind the spinal cord between the bony spinous process.
The X-STOP® IPD® procedure
The procedure may be performed in either the operating room or special procedures room at the hospital. Using local anesthesia and with the help of X-ray guidance, the X-STOP® IPD® Implant is inserted through a small incision in the skin of your back. Alternatively, your surgeon may elect to use general anesthesia.
You will be placed on your side during the procedure so that you can bend your spine when the X-STOP® IPD® Implant is inserted. The procedure to insert the X-STOP® IPD® Implant typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half. During this time you may be awake and able to communicate with your doctor.
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Why may the X-STOP® IPD Implant work?
The X-STOP® IPD® Implant is designed to keep the space between your spinous processes open, so that when you stand upright the nerves in your back will not be pinched or cause pain. With the X-STOP® IPD® Implant in place, you should not need to bend forward to relieve your symptoms.
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Photo of X-STOP® IPD® Implant
X-STOP® IPD® Procedure information and photo used with permission from Kyphon Incorporated.