A facet fixation is a surgical procedure to help stabilize the spine by installing specialized devices into the facet joints of two or more vertebrae, locking the vertebrae together and increasing spinal stabilization. Facet joints are the joint structures that connect the vertebrae to one another.
Unlike traditional open fusion surgery, we use the Spine Facet Fixation System and our proprietary minimally invasive procedure to result in smaller incisions, less tissue damage, less blood loss, and much shorter recovery time. Before the procedure, anesthesia is administered to the patient and the patient is positioned laying face down. This procedure begins with small incision on the back directly above the each facet joint that will be fused. Next, the surgeon carefully guides a surgical device through the incision to the selected facet joint. The device clamps the facet joint between two washers, and the surgeon gently screws the device through the washers, linking the bones of the facet joint and locking the joint into place. This spine stabilizing procedure is then repeated for each facet joint in need of stabilization.
Once all necessary joints have been treated, the surgical tool is removed and the incisions are bandaged. After the procedure, the surgeon and team will discuss post-op recovery for each patient.