Aurora ZIP

Aurora ZIP is a minimally invasive procedure used to effectively treat back and leg pain from spinal instability. If nonsurgical treatment options have proved ineffective at managing your pain, Aurora ZIP can help improve your pain symptoms without needing to undergo major back surgery.

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Aurora ZIP Procedure

Aurora ZIP is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat back or leg pain caused by spinal instability. The procedure involves the physician making a small incision in the patient’s back where a small device (a metal spacer) is inserted between the two backbones causing the spine to be unstable.

This minimally invasive spacer works to strengthen and straighten the patient’s spine to improve their spinal instability and thus minimize their pain symptoms. Because this spacer acts as a bridge to essentially stabilize the two backbones, this procedure can be considered a spinal fusion. However, unlike traditional spinal fusions that involve rather intense open-back surgeries, the Aurora ZIP procedure provides similar results with less pain and a significantly shorter recovery time.

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What is Aurora ZIP?

Aurora ZIP is a procedure that involves inserting a small metal spacer between the two vertebrae causing the patient’s spine to become unstable. This spinal fusion treatment, Aurora ZIP, is named after the name of the implant (the Aurora ZIP Interspinous Spacer) used to bridge the two vertebrae together. Bridging these two vertebrae helps to strengthen and stabilize the spine to ultimately reduce pain symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life. 

The Aurora ZIP procedure is a safe and effective way to treat spine problems caused by spinal instability. Spinal instability, otherwise known as lumbar instability, occurs when the spine experiences an excessive range of motion between two vertebrae. This abnormal, heightened motion between these two backbones can create various low back problems and result in intense pain and discomfort.

Spinal Instability Causes, Signs, and Symptoms

Aurora ZIP is a minimally invasive procedure created to minimize pain caused by spinal instability. There are a variety of risk factors that can contribute to spinal instability, including aging, trauma, sports injuries, and arthritis.

Spinal instability can reveal itself through a variety of signs and symptoms, including:

  • Stiffness
  • Low back pain
  • Intense, sharp leg pains
  • Weakness when walking

While it’s impossible to reduce the daily wear-and-tear your spine goes through, if you do experience spinal instability, you shouldn’t have to manage your symptoms all on your own.

The Aurora ZIP Lumbar Fusion procedure offers an effective treatment for low back and leg pain sufferers without having to undergo intensive open surgery that can take several months to recover from. Plus, this treatment directly targets the source of your pain symptoms without having to choose between 1) undergoing major surgery or 2) tolerating your pain symptoms.

How Effective is the Aurora ZIP Procedure

If you’ve tried various nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy, medication, and certain spinal injections without much success at relieving your pain, the Aurora ZIP procedure can be a great next step. 

This is because rather than masking your pain symptoms, this minimally invasive procedure works to directly address the source of your pain: the two backbones causing your spine to be unstable. Inserting a spacer between the two vertebrae causing your spinal instability provides the support and stabilization essential to improve your pain symptoms.

Traditional back surgery can also be effective at relieving pain caused by spinal instability; however, back surgery can cause greater pain, scarring, and a longer recovery time compared to the Aurora ZIP procedure.

Overall, Aurora ZIP is the perfect next step for those who haven’t seen improvements with nonsurgical treatment options but also don’t want to undergo an intensive open back surgery.

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What Conditions Does Aurora ZIP Treat?

Aurora ZIP is an effective treatment option for people struggling with one or more of the following conditions:

Early diagnosis and seeking treatment are key to better managing your pain symptoms. If you’ve been diagnosed with one or more of the above conditions and have been struggling with chronic back or leg pain, consider Aurora ZIP.

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How Long Does Aurora ZIP Work?

ZIP fusion surgery is a one-time procedure that provides long-term pain-relieving benefits. This treatment is considered a long-lasting treatment to provide pain relief for several months to years.

Depending on a patient’s rate of spinal degeneration and overall spinal instability will impact how long the Aurora ZIP treatment results last. If a patient continues to experience spinal instability and ongoing back and leg pain, traditional back surgery may be recommended to improve your pain symptoms.


Who is a Good Candidate for Aurora ZIP?

Aurora ZIP can be an effective procedure for those who haven’t found success with nonsurgical treatment options, yet don’t want to undergo major back surgery. 

If you’ve been experiencing chronic low back pain caused by spinal instability, you shouldn’t have to tolerate your pain symptoms any longer. Rather than modifying your life around your pain symptoms, Aurora ZIP is an effective, long-lasting treatment option that can significantly improve your quality of life.

Contact us today to learn more about whether you are an ideal candidate for Aurora ZIP. Our team of advanced pain specialists will help guide you through available treatment options to better manage your pain.

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What to Expect During Treatment

Before treatment, your physician will evaluate your medical history, pain symptoms, and discuss all pain relief treatment options to ensure Aurora ZIP is right for you.

During treatment, a small incision will be made in your back near the two affected backbones. From there, the physician will prep the area by dissecting tissue and muscle off the treatment area to make space for the implant. Then, your ZIP implant will be inserted in between the two backbones to help straighten the spine.

The great thing about this procedure is most patients go home the same day of their procedure. Plus, most patients need just one week of recovery time, making this a fast, safe, and effective treatment option. 

What is Recovery Time Like After Your Aurora ZIP Procedure?

Most patients can expect to need about one week to fully recover from their Aurora ZIP procedure. Fast recovery time is one of the many benefits of the Aurora ZIP procedure. Unlike major back surgery which can take several months to recover from, patients only need about one week to recover from Aurora ZIP lumbar fusion treatment.

How Soon Will I See Results?

Aurora ZIP fusion treatment is a fast-acting treatment that provides near-immediate results upon completion of the procedure recovery timeframe. Patients can expect to notice significant improvements in their pain quickly thanks to the implanted spacer fixing the root source of the patient’s pain and discomfort.

Patients shouldn’t have to compromise their quality of life to tolerate their pain symptoms any longer than necessary. This is why seeking professional help to relieve your pain symptoms is essential. 

While Aurora ZIP is safe and effective at treating back and leg pain caused by spinal instability, for patients who continue to experience pain and discomfort months post-treatment, traditional back surgery may be recommended.

Benefits of Aurora ZIP Lumbar Fusion Treatment

There are several advantages to undergoing the Aurora ZIP fusion procedure vs traditional back surgery, such as:

  • Fast Recovery Time: Most patients experience a full recovery within 1-week post-treatment.
  •  Minimal Scarring: This minimally invasive procedure involves tiny incisions to insert the implant, resulting in less visible signs of scarring.
  •  Minimal Pain Post Procedure: Smaller incisions result in less pain felt by the patient.
  •  Minimal Blood Loss: Smaller incisions also mean a reduced amount of blood loss during the procedure.
  •  Outpatient Treatment: Patients can go home the same day, unlike traditional back surgeries that oftentimes require multiple days in the hospital to recover.

Because this is a minimally invasive procedure, there are a variety of benefits to undergoing the aurora spine zip treatment compared to major open back surgery.

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Our Pain and Spine Specialists are a team of advanced pain specialists committed to providing patients with the best possible treatment options to safely and effectively manage their pain. Chronic low back pain can be debilitating and significantly interfere with your quality of life. 

We offer a series of lower back pain treatments Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia so you can take back your life and minimize your pain symptoms. We understand how difficult it can be to live with chronic pain and discomfort. That’s why we offer a series of treatment options for patients to receive the exact care they need to live a normal, healthy life.

Aurora ZIP is one treatment for low back and leg pain specially designed to directly address the source of your pain with minimal downtime required. This minimally invasive lumbar fusion treatment is just one of the many treatments we offer to treat chronic low back pain.

Stop tolerating your pain, hoping it will go away on its own. Contact us today so we can help create a comprehensive treatment plan to minimize your pain symptoms.

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