A Lumbar Interspinous or Interlaminar Spacer is an implant used to stabilize the spine following a decompression. In some cases, this technology is used in place of a traditional spinal fusion.
This procedure commonly is used to treat a lumbar spinal stenosis and lumbar spondylolisthesis.
At present, there are several different interspinous devices available. This intended to be a less invasive approach to stabilize the spine and maintain pressure off the spinal nerve while allowing natural motion.
This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis for many patients.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and benefits that should be discussed and considered.