In this medical video learn how a tiny metal device could replace extensive surgery for millions of patients with a painful back condition.
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Jennifer Matthews: Victor Bertrand and his son always have a new project to work on. A few months ago, changing this tire would have been nearly impossible for Victor. In fact, he couldn't stand up for more than a few minutes. Victor Bertrand: It was just very uncomfortable and I couldn't do a lot of things I liked to do all the time. Jennifer Matthews: A condition called spinal stenosis robbed him of his favorite hobbies. Victor Bertrand: The only way to relieve it was to sit down. If I'm working in the garage, I'd have to sit down for a little bit, and get back up and it's good for a few minutes and then it would come back. Jennifer Matthews: Spinal stenosis happened when arthritis causes parts of the spine to compress. The result is pain that sometimes runs all the way down the legs. Victor Bertrand: Can you think of that? Jennifer Matthews: Now, neurosurgeon Sohaib Kureshi has a new way to treat patients. Instead of surgery to remove the bones in the spine, he implants this small device called the X-STOP. It creates a space between the spine and stops it from extending. Dr. Sohaib Kureshi: The reason it's called X-STOP is because it prevents extension. Jennifer Matthews: The procedure takes less than an hour, it requires only a small incision and the recovery is quick. Patients are up and walking the same day. The standard procedure requires about eight weeks of recovery. Dr. Sohaib Kureshi: But we can give them a procedure that will change their lifestyle significantly for the better. Jennifer Matthews: It took away Victor's pain. Victor Bertrand: We put that little X-STOP in there and just stop it instantly. Jennifer Matthews: Now he sits and enjoys time with his family, not because he's in pain, but because he wants to. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.