Vertebroplasty is a better cure for broken spine

Vertebroplasty is a process to relive your pain and relax your stiff spinal cord by infusing a special kind of binding material in the fractured spine. However, this process is not recommended for all the people suffering from broken or cracked spine, according to some theories vertebroplasty is supposed to provide more relief as compared to traditional approaches that include;

  • Bed rest
  • Pain killers
  • Muscles calmant
  • Back support
  • Physiotherapy
  • The aim of vertebroplasty is basically to aid in healing spinal fracture and relief from pain in the spine. This procedure is considered to be less obtrusive as it is done through small needle interference in the   patient’s skin

 How the  procedure is carried out

The procedure usually takes an hour to complete

The patient is medicated with local anesthesia and light moderation, usually dressed in an X-ray room or operating theatre as agreed by the sufferer

A biopsy needle is introduced into the broken spine under the guidance of X-ray through a tiny rupture in the patients’ skin

Specially prepared acrylic bone cement is infused under certain stress right into the fractured spine, filling the vacant areas in the bone, with the intention to create an internal modled structure to fix the injured vertebral column

The needle is then removed and the binding material is allowed to harden that usually takes 10 minutes, thickening the parts of the injured vertebra and providing support to the bone

The small skin wound is coverd with a bandage

Postprocedure care.

The patient is advised to rest on the back for one hour to allow the binding  material to be hardened. Soon after the cement is settled, the patient will stay in observation for a couple of hours, on the day of surgery the patients are free to go home and no stay is required in the hospital, however the sufferer is advised not to drive the car on his own and if the he or she has to travel a long distance, to lodge in the hotel or accommodate near is recommended. Moreover, it is not necessary to where back brace unless if needed. Followup checkups to be conducted after a week. In some causes a little inflammation is felt in the region of puncture but it is reduced by ice pack treatment

Risks and benefits

The patient before taking up the procedure must ask the physician regarding the risk and rewards of the procedure

The benefits may,

Increase the patients’ ability to perform better in life and allowing him to continue his previous activities without undergoing any kind of physiotherapy or severe surgery

This procedure may help in relieving the pain immediately after the process, or the patient may feel free of suffering within a few days

After the procedure most sufferers experience regains of faded flexibility that further reduces the risk of osteoporosis, the patients are free to get out of bed, hence increasing activity may build up stronger muscles and better immune system, that aid in fighting pneumonia and other diseases

Along with this, the patient does not need to undergo any painful surgical procedures- a small puncture doe doesn’t need time to heal and no stitches are required

 The risk may;

Cause infection due to penetration of the needle, but it is only seen in 1 of 1000s

The risk of leakage of the binding material may cause severe problems contacted with pulmonary blood vessels and spinal canal

There might be due to mishandling loss of blood can be caused moreover severe back pain and symptom of numbness or tingling is observed but stroke is extremely rare

A very small number of patients may experience fractures due to confining stress that cause severe pains

A low risk of infections is observed

Need for the procedure

When you are tired of treating your pain with conservative methods

You are experiencing immobility or a pain that doesn’t end for a long

How I might feel during the procedure

Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored by the devices attached to your body

You will experience a slight pain or tingling effect when the needle is injected into your body through intravenous lines

A slight pressure is felt when the catheter is infused into the vein or artery

If the process is carried using a sedative, you may feel relaxed and sleepy during the whole procedure

The treatment area of your back should be cleaned of any hairs and numbed

During the process the doctor will ask of your comfort and any complications

The most important  part of vertebraplasty is making the device ready and set the needle aim to be infused

You may feel tapping sensation when the bone is being treated

Vertebraplasty may not treat

Herniated disc or arthritic back pain

Elderly patients with risky health conditions

Patients with Osteoporosis that involves the rsik of future fractures