Spinous Process Plating

This surgery clamps together two spinous processes. These are the bony parts that stick out from the back of your spine. Clamping them together gives your spine stability.


To begin, we give you medicine to put you to sleep. We make a small incision in your skin to reach your spinous processes. Now it's time to clamp them together. We call that "plating." There are many types of plating implants. They come in different shapes and sizes. We choose the one that's best for you.


The implant has two plates, one for each side of the spinous processes. Spikes on the inner surface of the plates grip the bones securely as the implant is tightened and the plates draw together. If we want your vertebrae to fuse, we add bone graft. And, other implants may be added to fully stabilize your spine.

End of procedure

When it's done, we close and bandage your skin. We watch you in a recovery room as you wake up. Follow your surgeon's instructions for a safe recovery.