The DIAM Spinal stabilisation system was designed to aid in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. The DIAM acts as a spacer which when placed between two spinous process restores the natural height of the disc, taking the pressure off the intervertebral disc and associated structures, and allows the nerve to exit freely from the spinal cord while maintaining normal movement of the spine.
The device is made of a hardened silicone covered with a polyethylene sock and has two ligatures, which allow it to be secured in place between the two spinous processes.
You may benefit from the DIAM spinal stabilization system if : -
- The surgeon has confirmed by your history and x-ray studies that you have degenerative disc disease in your lower back
- You have narrowing of a vertebral opening due to loss of disc height
- You have back and/or leg pain that has not responded to non-surgical treatment.
In series of 43 patients suffering from lower limb pain, almost constantly associated with chronic or acute backpain, treated by microsurgical nerve root decompression and by implantation of a soft intervertebral prothesis (DIAM). Satisfying results were obtained in 97% of cases, inducing to consider the device a reliable tool for curing low-back pain and ciatica (Mariottini, Pieri et al. 2005).