Howard Cotler, MD Offering Coflex®, a New Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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Howard Cotler, MD is first surgeon in Texas Medical Center, Houston, to offer new minimally invasive spinal surgery.

coflex® Interlaminar Technology

coflex® Interlaminar Technology

This is a real breakthrough for people with spinal stenosis. It’s an FDA approved minimally invasive procedure that has great results with less complications. This procedure is a way to avoid more invasive surgery like a spinal fusion.

The coflex® Interlaminar Technology is a stabilization device for use in adults with one or two level lumbar stenosis from L1-L5. Candidates for the procedure have at least moderate impairment in function and experience relief in flexion from their symptoms of leg/buttocks/groin pain, with or without back pain. The procedure is only recommended for patients who have undergone at least 6 months of non-operative treatment.

At two years after surgery, 94% of coflex® patients were satisfied with their outcome compared to 87% of fusion patients. One patient of the procedure said; “I was in so much pain that there was no freedom. Coflex® offered me that flexibility that I really equate to freedom.”(1)

Based on the FDA clinical study (2), when compared to the standard of care (fusion surgery), patients receiving the coflex® device experienced:

  •     Shorter operating time and hospital stay
  •     Quicker recovery
  •     Faster and sustained pain relief
  •     Greater mobility at treatment level
  •     Natural movement at adjacent levels

Howard Cotler, MD is excited to be able to offer this minimally invasive surgical option to patients who are experiencing back pain but do not require fusion surgery, “This is a real breakthrough for people with spinal stenosis. It’s an FDA approved minimally invasive procedure that has great results with less complications. This procedure is a way to avoid more invasive surgery like a spinal fusion.”

About Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS

Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. With over 30 years of experience in trauma and spine surgery, Dr. Cotler brings knowledge and experience to patients suffering from chronic and acute pain associated with neck, back and musculoskeletal issues. In addition, Dr. Cotler is one of the country's leading advocates of low level laser therapy (LLLT), an FDA approved non- invasive pain treatment modality long used by professional athletes including Olympians and professional soccer players. Dr. Cotler continues to stay abreast of the latest advances in medical care while remaining focused on the personal connections he has with patients and their families.

In 1995 Dr. Cotler founded Gulf Coast Spine Care Limited PA. Dr. Cotler accepts a wide range of insurances; works with most workers’ compensation plans and also accepts Medicare. To learn more, visit http://www.gulfcoastspinecare.com.

1.    Online video: "coflex® Testimonial - ANDREA" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvVh2hT2NQ YouTube. 11 November, 2014. Web June 11, 2015.
2.    U.S Food and Drug Association. fda.gov. Paradigm Spine, LLC, November 17, 2012. Web. July 11, 2015 http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DeviceApprovalsandClearances/Recently-ApprovedDevices/ucm327502.htm

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