Spinal decompression and stabilisation

Spinal decompression and stabilisation

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Caption: Spinal decompression and stabilisation surgery. Image 6 of 8. Surgeon inserting a Wallis ligament implant (not seen) between the vertebrae of a patient. This patient has spinal stenosis, where a narrowing has put pressure on the spinal cord. The Wallis ligament is a dynamic stabiliser. It prevents excess movement of the spinal segments at fault, whilst still allowing natural movements. The implant is inserted between the spinous processes of two adjoining vertebrae to hold them apart. The surgeon will also remove parts of the vertebrae in order to relieve the pressure (decompression).

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