What is Glyder Facet Restoration?
Facet restoration represents a new possibility for the treatment of chronic facet joint pain resulting from degeneration or injury. Previously, surgical options were limited for standalone facet joint pain. If facet injections or nerve ablations failed to provide adequate relief, patients had to deal with the pain until their condition became bad enough to justify a fusion. Facet joint restoration offers a middle step: a facet joint surgery designed to relieve pain while preserving motion in the facet joint.
Facet joint surgery with the Glyder system may not be right for every patient. It is important to discuss your treatment options with a physician who understands facet joint anatomy and work through a full range of conservative treatment options, from simple posture changes to injections. But if these conservative treatments don’t provide adequate relief, Glyder Facet Restoration may be an option.
The Glyder Facet Restoration procedure typically takes no more than an hour to perform, and involves:
- Minimally invasive approach preserves muscle and ligaments for a rapid recovery
- Non-fusion, motion-preserving design maintains range of motion
- Small incisions—typically only 2 – 3 centimeters—on either side of the spine
- Brief hospital stay
How does facet restoration work?
In minimally invasive facet joint restoration, the goal is the same as resurfacing procedures in other joints – to relieve joint pain by implanting a new sliding surface in the joint. The Glyder device consists of two small, flexible plastic discs, each with one textured side and one smooth side. The textured sides embed in the cartilage on either side of the joint, while the smooth sides slide, or glide against each other as the joint moves. By supplementing the joint’s natural cartilage and covering the sliding surfaces of the joint, the Glyder device prevents bone from touching bone and causing pain.
How long does it last?
The Glyder device is a permanent implant, designed for long-term relief of facet joint pain. In a 40-patient study, people receiving the Glyder device experienced back pain reduction of 41% (p>0.001) that continued through their 12 month follow-up visit.1 Clinical studies of the device are ongoing.
How do I find a physician who performs Glyder Facet Restoration?
- The Glyder Device is currently being studied under an investigational device exemption (IDE) in the United States at 5 centers. If you are interested in learning more about the Glyder Clinical Study in the United States, please click here.
Facet restoration offers a new possibility for the treatment of facet joint pain resulting from degeneration or injury. Though it isn’t right for every patient, it can offer a significant benefit to those patients who are appropriate candidates. As with any type of surgical procedure, there are risks associated with facet joint restoration. Be sure to discuss these with a spine specialist who understands all the treatment options.