Dr. Stephen James, who specializes in complex reconstructive spine surgery and practices at the Cumming Resurgens office, recently became the first Georgia Surgeon to Use iO-Flex System for Minimally-invasive Back Surgery
The iO-Flex™ System is an advancement in surgical technology for central, lateral recess and foraminal lumbar stenosis. This unique technology uses thin, flexible instruments through an open exposure or a minimally invasive tube to provide precision lumbar decompression from the “inside out” (“iO”). This “over the wire” approach allows surgeons to address targeted impinging tissue with a non-implant, direct decompression, while preserving facet joint integrity. Up to four nerve roots may be decompressed through a single-point access using this system.
“Up until now, to relieve nerves that have bone and other diseased tissue pressing down on them, we have had to remove a lot of healthy tissue in and around the facet joints in the spine. Clinical studies have shown that preserving the facet joints helps maintain spinal stability. Using instruments from Baxano’s innovative iO-Flex System, we are able to access and remove soft tissue and bone directly compressing on the nerve while preserving the facet joints. I offer decompression with the iO-Flex System to my patients with lumbar spinal stenosis because I believe that it most directly addresses the source of the symptoms that they feel and I have been impressed with patient outcomes achieved thus far,” states James.