SPINAL SURGERY

in Hull and East Yorkshire

GEORGE SPINK FRCS (Neurosurg.) BSc Hons

 

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APERIUS - Interspinous Distraction Device

This technique is used to treat patients with spinal claudication due to narrowing of the spinal canal. As an alternative to X-Stop it can be performed by a minimal access percutaneous technique, using a 10mm incision and a 15-minute operation, as a day case procedure.

It works by restricting spinal extension. In extension the spinal canal narrows and the nerve compression worsens. By stopping this movement the patientsí leg pains usually improve.

As a very quick minimally invasive, non-destructive technique it is ideally suited to patients with other medical problems for who a long operation would be more risky. As a day case procedure it also minimises the impact on the patient and is less disruptive for them.

Like any surgical procedure it has a failure rate and may not provide a long-term solution. For most patients it lasts at least a few years and may be the best option for elderly patients who do not want a long destructive operation and a long hospital stay. As a relatively new technique there is NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidance published by the government regarding its use, please click here for details.