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Mobile, Ala. (June 25, 2009)
Contact: Ashley Gruner, (251) 470-1682

New Outpatient Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

  Dr. Eugene A. Quindlen
Dr. Eugene A. Quindlen
University of South Alabama neurological surgeon Dr. Eugene A. Quindlen is now performing a new outpatient procedure that offers relief for patients experiencing low back and leg pain.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, but does not require the removal of any bone or soft tissue. Recovery is therefore quick.

Dr. Quindlen, University Distin-guished Professor and chair of neurosurgery at USA, said the procedure provides many advantages because it is minimally invasive.

"The X-STOP procedure is highly effective and minimizes some risks associated with traditional spinal procedures," Dr. Quindlen said. "Patients benefit from this procedure because it significantly reduces their pain and provides shorter recovery time."


The X-STOP Interspinous Process Decompression System (IPD) procedure is a minimally invasive procedure designed to relieve pain symptoms in people suffering from spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is a degenerative condition, resulting in the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. It is caused by natural wear and tear on the spine from everyday activities.

During the procedure, a small alloy device, the X-STOP, is implanted between spinous processes. This provides a way to permanently wedge open the spinal canal and prevent the pinching of nerves.


The X-STOP has been available in Europe since 2001 and was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2005. Since then, more than 11,000 X-STOP implants have been inserted worldwide.

Dr. Quindlen joined the medical school faculty in 1983 and has served as chair of neurosurgery at USA for more than 25 years.

For more information on the X-STOP procedure, call the USA department of neurosurgery at (251) 665-8200 or visit

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