Inter-Spinous Devices/Clamps

There are many brands of this type of device. They are essentially a spacer between the spinous processes in the back for treatment of the symptoms of neurogenic claudication from lumbar stenosis. In other words, the device separates the spinous processes from the very back of the spine, stretches the ligaments inside the canal where the nerve routes pass, and this takes some pressure off the nerve roots. Although originally used only for spinal stenosis, these clamps are increasingly being used to provide a lower stiffness fusion at the decompressed level. Hence, in older patients without very active life-styles, the surgeon may suggest an Inter-Spinous clamp/device to create increased rigidity at that level after decompression of the level’s nerves. This surgery has been shown to be helpful and has a lower morbidity and recuperation period associated with it. All the surgeons at the Inland Neurosurgery Institute are trained in the use of such devices. The exact use of the device is very patient specific and hence your physician will discuss with you when and why the device may be needed.

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After an airplane crash in the mountains, I was rescued & airlifted to a trauma center with a broken back. Images were showing bone fragments pushing well into the spinal canal threatening paralysis of the lower half of my body which was not good news particularly for us newlyweds. Consulting with the trauma team, we compiled a short list of top neurosurgeons in Los Angeles area which included Dr. Jose Rodriguez.

When we contacted him, he assembled a surgical team and operated on me. I recovered quickly under Dr. Rodriguez' post operative care and physiotherapy. Within days, I started walking without any nerve damage and within a few months was swimming laps as I was doing before the injury. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Rodriguez and his outstanding team.

November 13, 2013

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