New "X-Spot" Implant Marks the Spot for Back Pain Relief

Every year, about two million Americans will visit their doctor's office with back pain.

A few months ago, changing a tire would have been nearly impossible for Victor Bertrand. He had a condition called spinal stenosis.

It happens when arthritis causes parts of the spine to compress.

The result is pain that can run all the way down the legs.

Now, one doctor has a new way to treat patients.

Instead of surgery to remove the bones in the spine, Dr. Sohaib Kureshi of Scripps Mercy Hospital implants this small device, called the x-spot.

It creates a space between the vertebrae of the spine and stops it from extending.

The reason it's called the x-stop is because it prevents extension.

Dr. Kureshi says, "We can give them a procedure that will change their lives significantly for the better."

The procedure takes less than an hour, requires only a small incision, and the recovery is quick.

Patients are up and walking the same day.

The standard procedure can require about eight weeks of recovery.

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