Baylor Plano Offering Innovative Solution to Treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is offering a new, less invasive procedure to help bring patients relief from symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) through the X-STOP® IPD® procedure. LSS is a common spinal problem suffered mainly by people over 50 and is often associated with leg, buttock, groin and some times back pain. 

The 45 to 90 minute, reversible procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and involves implanting a titanium alloy device into the spine. Because standing upright provokes LSS symptoms, the implant is designed to limit painful extension of the lumbar spine and keep the canal open. In addition, the procedure has a low complication rate and is the first FDA approved device used in the U.S. to treat symptoms of LSS. 

"In some cases this new, less invasive procedure can be performed under local anesthesia. Previously, many patients were faced with choosing between conservative therapies, such as pain management medications and physical therapy, or invasive surgery such as a laminectomy, but now they have a new treatment option," states Jeremy Denning, M.D., neurosurgeon on the Baylor Plano medical staff. 

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. 

"Baylor Plano is pleased to offer this new and advanced procedure to the members of our community. The less invasive option will help our patients get back to their lives sooner," said Jerri Garison, president, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. 

Potential patient benefits of the procedure include: 

  • Less invasive surgical procedure
  • Does not require general anesthesia; can be done under a local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure
  • Typically no bone or soft tissue removal
  • The implant is removable and does not prevent a patient from undergoing surgery at a later time
  • Quicker recovery time

"A good candidate for the procedure is someone aged 50 or older whose physical function is moderately impaired and who experiences relief from pain when bending forward," said Dr. Denning. 

The neurology and neurosurgery specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano combine personalized care, clinical research, and patient education to diagnose, treat, and offer follow-up care for many neurological conditions, including brain tumors, spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, stroke, chronic migraines or other headaches. 

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is a 128-bed acute care hospital committed to serving North Texas residents with personalized care and advanced technology on a beautiful campus with hotel-like amenities and all private rooms. Services include treatment for advanced spine deformities at the Baylor Scoliosis Center, neurosciences, orthopaedics, medical and radiation oncology, surgical weight loss, women’s services, gynecology, urology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, sleep disorders, pain management, diabetes management and more. Baylor Plano offers patients access to digital imaging and is the first hospital in north Dallas and Collin County to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for gynecology and prostate procedures through the FDA approved da Vinci® S Surgical System. The hospital has won several quality awards including the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence and is designated a Nurse-Friendly™ hospital by Texas Nurses Association. 

As part of Baylor Health Care System, Baylor Plano offers patients access to innovative treatments and clinical trials performed through Baylor Research Institute in such areas as oncology and cardiovascular services. The Baylor Plano campus is the home of THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, the first dedicated heart hospital in Collin County. For fiscal year 2007, Baylor Health Care System will report $390 million* in community benefit, which includes providing care for charity patients and patients enrolled in government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the unreimbursed costs of medical education, research and community programs. 

For a referral to a physician on the medical staff at Baylor, call 1-800-4BAYLOR or use our online physician directory

Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano or Baylor Health Care System. 

*Represents preliminary information that will be reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Contact: Susan Hall, (214) 820-1817 or Janeen Browning (469) 814-2107
Email: SusanH@baylorhealth.edu or janeenbr@baylorhealth.edu 

About Baylor Scott & White Health
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: BSWHealth.com