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Botsford Hospital Offers Innovative Solution to Treat Lumber Spinal Stenosis

Farmington Hills, MI (October 5, 2007)--- Botsford doctors are among the growing group of physicians offering a new minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) symptoms. LSS is a common spinal problem suffered mainly by people over 50 and is often associated with leg, buttock, groin and back pain.

The new approach involves implanting a device that relieves pain by opening up space in the spinal column. The procedure is a minimally invasive and is done under local anesthesia. The procedure has a low complication rate and has been clinically proven to relieve the symptoms of LSS.

Because standing upright provokes LSS symptoms, the X-STOP implant device is designed to limit extension of the lumbar spine and keep the canal open. Dr. Peter Bono, an orthopedic surgeon at Botsford Hospital, says, "People with lumbar spinal stenosis get pain when they are walking and extending their spine, however they are able to relieve their pain by sitting forward. The X-STOP implant gives patients this same feeling without actually being in a stooped position."

"This new procedure fills the gap in the continuum of care that, until now, required my patients to make the leap from conservative therapies, such as pain management medications and physical therapy, straight to invasive surgery such as a laminectomy," states, Dr. Bono.

A laminectomy involves removing parts of the bone and tissue that are narrowing the spinal canal. It is an open and invasive surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia. Often this is not an appropriate option for patients who cannot tolerate general anesthesia due to age and other co-morbidities.

If you would like to find a doctor to speak to about spinal stenosis or the X-STOP device, please contact Botsford's HealthMatch at (877) 442-7900.

Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford's Web address is www.botsford.org.

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