After a debilitating, painful fracture from osteoporosis in the spine a minimally invasive procedure known as vertebroplasty can be considered. Vertebroplasty is a slightly invasive therapeutic option designed to help reduce and eliminate pain caused by the broken spinal disc.The procedure is carried out by injecting diluted cement directly into the fractured vertebral bone under a high pressure, with the purpose of stabilizing the fracture and reducing the related pain, caused by friction between the vertebral disc. Vertebroplasty also help avoid any further breakdown of the vertebra and thus facilitate avoiding further malformation such as spine curvature and loss of height. The vertebroplasty treatment was initiated in France in 1984 and was first introduced in the U.S. in 1994
Spine fractures from osteoporosis
It is a matter of fact that osteoporosis is a disease that rarely produces any symptoms and signs that affects 44 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. The symptoms of osteoporosis may be defined by the decay of the bone tissues and makes them vulnerable to fracture. The senior citizens tend to have a higher chance. Many people among us don’t have the knowledge of having osteoporosis until a spinal fracture occurs or sometimes the fracture may occur in the hip. Several spinal compression fractures are not diagnosed and most of the individuals among us suffering from fracture believe their back pain as a part of aging
Osteoporosis is the major cause of vertebral compression fractures, injuries often happen when the bone tissues in the vertebrae of the spine breaks and collapses resulting in non tolerable pain. Almost 750, 000 people every year are affected by compression fractures. Even the simplest activities like bending and twisting can cause collapse
Along with the non tolerable persistent pain, women suffering from vertebral compression fractures may fail to keep height and develop the hunch back appearance. The poor posture also exerts pressure on the spinal cord and cause deadness, shivering and weakness. Other rare symptoms include improper lung functioning and sleep disorder. Any none or blend of these symptoms may worsen the individual’s ability to function normally and potentially restricts one’s independence
How the procedure of vertebroplasty is carried out?
A traditional vertebroplasty procedure takes about an hour to complete, the procedure is based on the following steps;
The patient is given with local anesthesia and light sedation, traditionally on an outpatient basis. The biopsy needle is directed into the collapsed vertebra under the X-ray guidance through a small cut in the patient’s skin. A specially blended acrylic bone cement is injected with pressure straight into the collapsed spinal disc, covering the spaces within the bone with the objective of forming a type of internal covering to stabilize the vertebral bone. The needle is removed, and the cement hardens rapidly within a span of 10 minutes. Thickening the parts of the broken bone. The small incision is covered with the bandage