To place the implant, the patient lies face down, is put under anesthesia, and the area of the incision on the back is numbed. Depending on the situation, the doctor may work directly in this incision, or they may use a specialized tube to help them place the implant. Regardless, the doctor may be aided by a fluoroscope to aid in visualizing the area where they will be working.
The problem area is identified, and the Implant is carefully placed between the spinous processes of the vertebrae – these are the protrusions at the rear of the spine. Once placed, the implant expands and gently pushes the vertebrae apart. It then locks into position, and remains in your spine to make sure enough room is left for the compression on your nerves to be relieved.
Following a bandaging of the incision and coming to from the anesthesia, the patient may be monitored for a short time before being cleared to head home.