Patient Case Studies

Here is a patient with a prolonged history of severe pain and leg numbness. Dr. Pazmino offered her a minimally invasive option in the form of a lumbar decompression surgery which included removing decompressing all neural elements under compression from arthritic bone and overgrown ligamentous tissue. She underwent a minimally invasive lumbar decompression with the Baxano iOflex at a nearby academic center.

In her own words…..

Post-Op Video

With this new technology, called the Baxano iOflex, offered by Dr. Pazmino at Spinecal, a minimally invasive lumbar decompression is now possible with a special little file. This patient is now two months out from her surgery performed by Dr. Pazmino at and as you can tell from her testimonial she has already noticed complete relief of her back and leg pain. She has also noticed improved strength in her legs.

Notice her amazing postoperative range of motion as you can see in the video. She is able to touch the floor now!!! Despite having undergone an extensive lumbar decompression she has maintained an excellent range of motion throughout her rotation, flexion and extension.

On her MRI she has significant compression on her thecal sac and neural elements. Her arthritis has been decompressed after surgery and her joints have been completely reshaped. This has spared the patient a prolonged operation and a longer recovery which would have been the case with a fusion or more invasive laminectomies.

X-Rays After Surgery

The photo to the left demonstrates the Baxano iOFlex file. This is inserted in the tight nerve compartments called the foramen and the areas are reshaped completely decompressing the nerve roots.

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Dr. Pablo Pazmino is able to place the iOflex file safely within the arthritic areas to remove all the extra ligament and bony tissue which are pinching the nerves. The areas in blue and green demonstrate where Dr. Pazmino placed the file to decompress the nerves. This is an XRay Dr. Pazmino uses during surgery to demonstrate the decompression has been performed adequately.

Ask Dr. Pazmino if you are a candidate for this new minimally lumbar decompression called the Baxano iOflex.