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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Surgical Procedures

Interspinous Spacers

The spinous process is the body part one can feel when they run their hand down their spine. The spinous process is very close to the skin’s surface, which makes the procedure to place spacers less invasive. Spacers are placed to open the foramen (opening) from the spinal column to allow the nerves that go through the opening to have more room. These nerves supply different parts of the body and when they have little or no room, they become irritated and can cause pain, numbness, tingling, etc. This procedure can be done at a Same-Day procedure office with mild sedation and the patient often goes home at the end of the day. There are many different types of spacers and different surgical techniques in placing the spacers. Some spacers are made of titanium. Interspinous spacers can be used to treat spinal conditions such as disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, mild spondylolisthesis (a condition where the vertebra are displaced improperly), etc. A consult is necessary to assess whether one is a proper candidate for Interspinous Spacers.