Coflex implantation causes the vertebra to be forced into flexion (bending forward). This device can then erode into the bone, causing pain. If that is the reason for pain (and not the narrowing of the spinal canal), removal of the device can be helpful.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.