“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 Orthopaedic Specialists. “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.
“It was a pain that wasn’t alleviated very easily, so I came to see Dr. Tekmyster and we talked,” explains Sister Lorraine Quinn, a patient of Dr. Tekmyster. “Therapy for this situation would take longer than I wanted to wait and secondly there was no guarantee that therapy was going to work. We agreed that the procedure was going to be the best thing. I feel like I’m at least or maybe a little more than 75% better than I was before the procedure and shortly after I was able to play a little golf.”