(Hartford, Conn.) - Stephan Lange, M.D., neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is at the forefront of new-age technology designed to aid patients who suffer from debilitating back and leg pain.

Dr. Lange is the first surgeon in the Greater Hartford area to use the X-STOP® Implantable device for his patients with a condition known as Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a degenerative disease found most commonly in the elderly. It’s a condition that produces debilitating back and leg pain, often destroying the quality of life for those 60 and older.

The degenerative arthritis of the spine that occurs with age affects discs, ligaments, and joints around the nerves and causes the space around the nerve to shrink. The nerve is then compressed and the patient suffers from intense pain.

Surgeons implant the X STOP system through a small incision. "We place the device, made of a titanium alloy, between two vertebrae in the lower back. The X STOP creates an opening in the spinal segment that it is implanted and thus relieves the compression from the nerves," explains Dr. Lange. "This innovative device has led to several success stories for our patients who can now enjoy an enhanced quality of life," added Lange.

The procedure itself is considered minimally invasive surgery and is often completed in under an hour.

"The X-STOP device underscores our commitment to be the leaders in providing top-quality medical care to our patients while paving the way with new and innovative technology," said Christopher Dadlez, President and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

The X-STOP is manufactured by St. Francis Technologies, Inc in Alameda, CA. The company, unrelated to the Saint Francis Care system, is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of novel treatments for degenerative disorders worldwide.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.