Vertebroplasty; New Treatment For Vertebral Fractures

Vertebroplasty treatment is a procedure wherein a special cement is injected right into a fractured vertebra with the purpose of relieving your spinal pain and restoring your mobility. Not everyone with fractured vertebrae are candidates for the process, however. Some research also suggest that vertebroplasty presents little advantage over a greater conservative approaches like bed rest, physical therapy, pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or back braces.

Some  doctors may advise the vertebroplasty treatment if:

  • Traditional methodsfailed to treat your fractured vertebra or back pain
  • You go throughfrom intense or extended pain or immobility
  • The fractured vertebra has led to extraextreme complications, including: Deep vein thrombosis, acceleration of osteoporosis, respiratory problems, lack of height and emotional or social issues.

How the procedure works?

Vertebroplasty treatment procedure has following steps;

  • The affected personis going to an x-ray room and effortlessly lies face down on a padded desk in which the process may be
  • The areaof the lower back is sterilized wherein the needle will enter.
  • Local anesthesia and lightsedation are administered. Pain should no longer be felt within the place wherein the procedure takes place, however the affected person usually remains wide awake and responsive throughout.
  • Using contrast-improvedfluoroscopy, which displays x-ray images on a video monitor in real-time, a bone biopsy needle is guided into the fractured vertebra thru a small puncture in the skin. The fluoroscopy is important for positioning the needle in the vertebral compression fracture without damaging a nearby critical structure, together with the spinal cord.
  • A particularlyformulated bone cement, is injected under pressure immediately into the fractured vertebra. The bone cement fills the cracks inside the bone to create a kind of inner solid to stabilize the vertebral bone.
  • The needle is eliminatedand the cement hardens quickly (in about 10 minutes), congealing the fragments of the fractured vertebra and stabilizing the bone.
  • The small skinpuncture is covered with a bandage.
  • The patientis typically kept under observation for a couple hours to make sure that the medications have worn off and the bone cement has hardened without causing complications. some surgeons might required that the patient stay recumbent (lying down) for an hour or two before being allowed to slowly walk around.

What are the risks?

Vertebroplasty treatment is widely taken into consideration for a fairly safe procedure for decreasing pain as a result of a vertebral compression fracture, however it is still a surgical treatment and has some dangers. While complication charge for vertebroplasty is anticipated at less than 4%, a number of risks may be serious which include;

  • Cement leakage
  • Paralysis
  • Failure to reduce pain

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