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Problem Addressed

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a condition where narrowing of the spinal canal causes the compression of important neural structures, which leads to painful shock-like sensations, pain in the extremities, and the potential loss of motor and sensory function, affecting approximately 1.2 million people in the United States.  The fundamental offending pathology of a majority of LSS patients is thickening of the ligamentum flavum (LF), the collagenous connective tissue bridging the interlaminar spaces of the dorsal spinal canal.  Currently available surgical treatment to remove thickened ligamentum flavum requires general anesthesia and extensive dissection of surrounding tissues and spinal bone merely to access the surgical site.  This leads to increased surgical risks and prolonged postoperative recovery periods, requiring extensive physical therapy and medicinal pain management.