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I recently saw a neurosurgeon who has recommended a Coflex procedure. This involves placing interspinous spacers between the affected discs to decompress and stabilize. I have read so much negative information about a fusion procedure that I decided I didn't want that. This Coflex procedure is an outpatient surgery and is described as effective and easier to recover from than a fusion. I feel very positive about having this less invasive procedure. I have been searching for five years for something that can give me some relief from those dreadful backaches when I stand for a long time. I also have stenosis with an impinged nerve root at the L5 joint. This doctor can go in and fix that at the same time, also, by removing some of the bone that is compressing that nerve. It is my understanding that Medicare now covers this procedure. Any comments?