What is Coflex?
One thing we value most in life is our ability to walk and do activities independently. As we get older, activities of daily living are often robbed by spinal stenosis. Simple things such as working around the house, gardening, grocery shopping, or walking for exercise or recreation can trigger symptoms of spinal stenosis, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in your lower extremities.
For the past 20 years, patients with moderate to severe spinal stenosis have been treated with a fusion technique that uses metal rods and screws, which eliminates motion in the spine after surgical decompression. However, the coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ device is a new, non-fusion solution that allows you to be able to do the things you love most! The coflex® device is a titanium implant that helps keep your spine stable after surgical decompression. The coflex® device also helps maintain the normal foraminal height and motion in your spine where the coflex® was implanted. It’s amazingly strong, yet simple, and flexible enough to support your spine without having to fuse your bones together.
Compared to fusion patients in a FDA clinical study*, the patients receiving the coflex® device experienced:
Faster Symptom Relief
At 6 weeks, coflex® patients showed early relief of their spinal stenosis symptoms compared to fusion patients (90% vs. 77%, measured by ZCQ)
Lasting Symptom Relief
At 2 years, coflex® patients showed lasting relief of their spinal stenosis symptoms compared to fusion patients (88% vs. 78%, measured by ZCQ)
At 2 years, coflex® patients were satisfied with their outcome compared to fusion patients (94% vs. 87%)
Shorter Operating Time
coflex® surgeries were 36% faster compared to fusion surgeries (98 minutes vs. 153 minutes).
Shorter Hospital Stay
coflex® patients spent 40% less time in the hospital compared to fusion patients (1.9 days vs. 3.2 days).
Less Blood Loss
coflex® patients had less blood loss during surgery compared to fusion patients (110cc vs. 349cc).
Stability in the Treatment Area
At 2 years, coflex® patients retained their pre-operative range of motion (within 10%) and translation (within 5%) at the area of treatment.
More Natural Movement at Treatment Area and Surrounding Spinal Segments
At 2 years, coflex® patients retained their pre-operative range of motion (within 15%) at the areas below and above the treatment area, and fusion patients saw a 25-50% increase in unnatural motion at the areas below and above the treatment area.
The coflex® Solution is a 21st-century medical procedure designed to be superior to traditional spinal fusion surgery for spinal stenosis. Compared to fusion surgery, the coflex® procedure offers quicker recovery, greater movement, and better pain relief. You’ll be amazed by how it restores your quality of life.
How The Coflex® Solution Works
After a decompression surgery, your spine can become unstable or insecure, and needs something to help keep it steady. The coflex® device keeps your spinal column healthy and stable after surgical decompression and helps uphold the normal foraminal height of your spine in the affected area. Unlike a fusion procedure, the coflex® implant maintains mobility and function, allows you to bend forward and backward without pain, and helps other spinal segments in your spine maintain their natural motion. The coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ device is specifically designed to be placed on the laminar bone, which is the strongest part of the spine in your lower back. The coflex® procedure is a simple surgery and is implanted through the same small incision as your surgical decompression, minimizing injury done to tissue and muscle near your spine.