COS Innovations: Outpatient Treatment Available for Treatment of Spinal Stenosis Pain

Gene Tekmyster Posted January 18, 2019

She was an avid golfer and she wasn’t able to walk the course. She would have to ride the cart which she didn’t enjoy. Walking the course is part of the game. If you can’t walk in you can’t see it. You can’t really play so it’s that ability or the need to be able to walk is what really propagated Sister Lorainne to seek further treatment. It was a was a pain that wasn’t alleviated very easily. So I came to see Doctor Tekmyster and we talked. Therapy for this situation would be longer than I wanted to wait, in one and one aspect. And secondly, there was no guarantee that therapy was going to do anything for it. We agreed that the operation would be the best thing. The recovery from a Superion procedure is fairly quick, you go home the same day. Stitches stay in for a week. But, you’re free to resume sort of normal limited daily activities even the next day. The device is implanted into the spine and it stays there allowing continued pain relief. And as of now Superion is the only device of its kind that allows us to do that. It is done in outpatient setting without having to expose the patient to a hospital where there’s a risk of infections. It takes about a half hour to 45 minutes to do and you go home the same day. There’s really minimal recovery. You’re free to drive the next day. And come back a week later to take the stitches out. And people go back to playing golf within three or four weeks. Certainly some limitations initially with bending and lifting. But, their recovery, because the surgery so much less invasive, is also much quicker than traditional therapies have been in the past. I feel like I’m at least or maybe a little more than 75 percent better than I was before the operation. And after I was able to play a little golf without too much too much stress. I have told people about what what happened, what I experienced and I think my cousin is now coming to Doctor Tekmyster for whatever her problems are.

Recovery, because the surgery is so much less invasive, is also much quicker than traditional therapies have been in the past.

Pain is what most patients associate with a diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis which is most commonly caused by wear-and-tear changes in the spine related to osteoarthritis. According to The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, spinal stenosis affects an estimate of 8 to 11 percent of the population, and is most common in people over the age of 50.

Until the invention of the Superion Indirect Decompression System (Superion), the more invasive open surgical decompression surgery was often recommended for relief which could require hospitalization and posed a greater risk of infection, and a longer road to recovery. For patients who suffer from moderate spinal stenosis, Superion is proving to be a more effective alternative to more invasive surgery.

“Superion is done in an outpatient setting without having to expose the patient to a hospital, where there is a greater risk of infection,” explains Dr. Gene Tekmyster, a Physiatrist at The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center (The OSM Center), a division of Connecticut Orthopaedics. “It takes a half hour to 45 minutes to do and you go home the same day. Recovery, because the surgery is so much less invasive, is also much quicker than traditional therapies have been in the past.” Dr. Tekmyster was the first in Connecticut and all of New England and remains the most experienced in performing this procedure.

Superion can be the best option for patients who have tried six months of conservative care treatment without finding relief from their pain, or where traditional spinal surgery could be too demanding. According to Dr. Tekmyster, during the procedure “The Superion device is implanted into the spine and continues to stay there, allowing continued pain relief. It is the only device of its kind that allows us to do that.” After the procedure, patients may experience a significant reduction in leg pain within the first few days.

About The OSM Center:

The OSM Center surgeons specialize in all aspects of bone and joint surgery as well as sports medicine and spine surgery. The team also consists of chiropractors, physiatrists, physician assistants, and athletic trainers. The OSM Center has offices in Trumbull, Fairfield, Shelton, and Westport as well as The OSM Therapy Centers in Trumbull, Fairfield, and Shelton. The OSM Center also offers a walk-in clinic, OSMSTAT, at the Trumbull and Westport locations for urgent orthopaedic needs. The OSM Center is a division of Connecticut Orthopaedics.