Interspinous Spacer Surgery at Garnet Health

If you struggle with chronic back pain, you may be recommended for interspinous spacer surgery as a part of your treatment plan. Find an experienced surgeon and a medical team to effectively prepare and support you during this time. Health’s caring and compassionate providers in Orange County and Sullivan County are here to provide expert, compassionate diagnoses, treatment and aftercare.

Why Would You Need Interspinous Spacer Surgery?

Interspinous spacer surgery is often used to treat spinal stenosis, a narrowing of passageways within the spine. When this happens, the nerves running through those passageways can become compressed, which can lead to pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. In many instances, your Garnet Health care team can treat spinal stenosis using conservative, nonsurgical techniques, which may include pain medication, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy. However, in more severe cases, a surgical procedure such as interspinous spacer surgery may be considered.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

Interspinous spacer surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you may be able to return home the same day rather than requiring an overnight stay in the hospital following your surgery. During the procedure, a surgeon will implant a spacer (or multiple spacers) between your spinal vertebrae to “open up” your spine and relieve pressure on compressed nerve roots. When compared to certain other types of spinal surgery, interspinous spacer surgery tends to preserve more range of motion. It also avoids the need to remove bone from the spine.

What Does Recovery From Interspinous Spacer Surgery Involve?

Interspinous spacer surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it doesn’t require as large of an incision as traditional open surgery. In addition to minimizing the risk of complications, this can shorten the amount of time required for recovery, and you may experience less discomfort than you might after open surgery.

After interspinous spacer surgery, expect some soreness as part of your recovery. You’ll likely need to limit your activities for several weeks. Many patients find that physical therapy helps them recover more quickly, and Garnet Health offers both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. We’ll provide you with recommendations specifically tailored to your condition. 

Garnet Health proudly performs interspinous spacer surgery for patients in Orange County, Sullivan County and surrounding areas.

Rehabilitation Services at Garnet Health

Rehabilitation Services

After injury or a surgery, patients must re-engage nerves and relearn what was once automatic. We offer a comprehensive range of high-quality services and state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment.

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