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What is interlaminar implant?

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A form of back surgery where the surgeon implants a U-shaped device between two vertebrae in your lower back. It helps keep the space between them open and eases pressure on your spinal nerves.Unlike spinal fusion, the implant provides stability and lets you move your back almost like normal. But you may not be able to bend backward as easily.

From: Back Surgery: Pros and Cons WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Pengel, L. 2003. BMJ,

Mirza, S. 2007. Spine,

Brox, J. 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Turner, J. 1992. Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion," "Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine," "Low Back Pain."

FDA: "Coflex Interlaminar Technology P110008."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Pengel, L. 2003. BMJ,

Mirza, S. 2007. Spine,

Brox, J. 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Turner, J. 1992. Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion," "Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine," "Low Back Pain."

FDA: "Coflex Interlaminar Technology P110008."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 1, 2018

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