Dynamic stabilisation

Dynamic Stabilisation

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Orthopaedics & Spine Centre, Mater Private Network, St. Raphael's House, 81-84 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1, D01 KX02 1800 38 52 85 Outside ROI +353 (0)1 882 2617 orthospine@materprivate.ie

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About Dynamic Stabilisation

Dynamic or flexible stabilisation is a spinal surgery procedure used to stabilise the spine, while still retaining a level of mobility. It can reduce the load on the spine’s joints (facets) and disc space, which may help to reduce pain. The procedure is carried out on the lumbar (lower back) part of the spine.

The main purpose of dynamic stabilisation is to ease pain and reduce the burden on both your joints (facets) and the cushioning discs in your lower back. By stabilising the weakened segment of your spine, the procedure helps to reduce unnecessary movement and pressure on the supporting spinal structures.

Dynamic stabilisation differs from spinal fusion by providing support while also allowing a level of flexibility and movement. 

How dynamic stabilisation helps/the benefits of dynamic stabilisation

  • Reduces pain by preventing excessive movement. 
  • Reduces the strain on your joints and the discs in your spine by helping to distribute forces more evenly across your spine. This minimises the risk of adjacent segment disease where other nearby areas of the spine are at risk of damage, and can help to slow down the degenerative process.
  • Preserves mobility: Unlike spinal fusion, dynamic stabilization allows for a level of movement. This feels better and allows you to do more. 

After surgery

Patients may need physiotherapy to help healing, strengthen the spine, and improve your range of motion. 

Risks and complications 

As with any surgical procedure, dynamic stabilization also carries potential risks and complications including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, problems with the stabilising device, and possible weakening and deterioration of nearby areas of the spine (adjacent segment disease). Your consultant will discuss these risks with you and will make a fully informed decision  based on your symptoms, your personal goals and your  overall health.  

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