The X-STOP Spacer is a small implant that can take the pressure off of pinched nerves due to lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The result may be sustained pain relief.
Back and leg pain from lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) occurs when the space between the vertebrae is reduced, causing bone or tissue to come in contact with the spinal nerve. Most people with LSS get relief from pain when they bend forward or sit down. That’s because this position opens the space around the pinched nerve. The X-STOP Spacer uses this principle and can provide sustained relief—even when you stand up straight and walk.
Lifting the pressure off of pinched nerves relieves pain
The X-STOP Spacer is a small implant that fits between two bones in the back of your spine—at the level of the pinched nerve. You can feel these bones, called the spinous processes, when you run your fingers down your spine. Once in place, the X-STOP Spacer can lift the vertebra off the pinched nerve.
Sustained Pain Relief—Even When You Stand and Walk
The unique X-STOP Spacer is designed to stay safely and permanently in place without being attached to bone or ligaments, by screws or other hardware, and there’s no fusion involved. It works with your spinal anatomy to keep the space around the nerve open—and can relieve your pain and other symptoms—even when you stand up straight and walk. With the X-STOP Spacer you should not need to bend forward to relieve your symptoms.
The X-STOP Spacer may relieve the kinds of pain and discomfort caused by LSS:
- Dull or aching back pain that travels to your legs
- Numbness and a pins-and-needles sensation in your legs, calves, or buttocks
Short Recovery and Rapid Pain Relief
The X-STOP Spacer is implanted during a short procedure—typically 45 to 90 minutes. In some patients, it can be performed on an outpatient basis and with local anesthesia. This is an especially important benefit for people who should avoid general anesthesia due to their age or other health conditions. You and your surgeon will decide what’s best for you.
The X-STOP procedure is minimally invasive. The X-STOP Spacer preserves your anatomy and your spinal stability. That’s why it may offer a short recovery time and a low complication rate. And the spacer is not positioned close to nerves or the spinal column, but rather behind the spinal cord between the spinous processes.
Is the X-STOP Spacer Right for You?
The X-STOP Spacer is indicated for patients aged 50 or older suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). A diagnosis of LSS should be confirmed by a doctor with X-ray, MRI, or CT scans. The X-STOP Spacer is indicated for patients with moderately impaired ability to function, who experience relief from their pain symptoms when bending forward. Patients receiving the X-STOP Spacer should have been on a regime of nonsurgical treatment for their symptoms for at least six months.
If you can answer yes to all of the following four statements, you may be eligible for the X-STOP Spacer.
- I am 50 years of age or older.
- I have been diagnosed with and suffer from the symptoms of LSS
- My pain is relieved when I sit down or lean forward.
- I have been in treatment for LSS for at least 6 months
The X-STOP Spacer should not be used if you have:
- An allergy to titanium or titanium alloy or PEEK
- Spinal anatomy that would prevent placement of the device or cause the device to be unstable in your body
- Cauda equina syndrome, which is a spinal nerve compression that causes groin numbness, bowel and/or bladder dysfunction
- Osteoporosis with fragility fracture
- A current infection
Find out more about the X-STOP Spacer at www.xstop.com.