In order to treat compression fractures to the lumbar spine, vertebroplasty must be performed. This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses x-ray imaging, a needle and acrylic cement to treat fractures in the vertebra. Spinal fractures can occur through a range of different situations, but the most common is due to complications from osteoporosis. If not treated, these fractures can lead to more pain and discomfort, as well as to spinal deformity. For more information about vertebroplasty and whether this procedure is required to treat your condition, contact Dr. Chetan Patel. Call the AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health at Call407-303-5452 for a consultation.
What Causes Spinal Fractures?
Spinal fractures are not uncommon, and they can be due to a number of different things. While the most common cause is from bone loss due to osteoporosis, other causes include car accidents, sports injuries, falls and other traumatic events in which the spine is severely impacted. Additionally, patients suffering from cancer, kidney disease and other medical conditions can also be predisposed to bone loss and compression fractures.
What Does Vertebroplasty Do?
The goal of vertebroplasty is to reduce pain and prevent further complications from compression fractures, including spine deformity and height loss. It can also improve the functionality of the patient’s spine and restore optimal alignment.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, so patients will not have to worry about long recovery times or even general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, requiring only the administration of a local anesthetic. However, general anesthesia can be given if necessary – your surgeon will consult with you on this.
The procedure itself is relatively quick. Dr. Chetan Patel will insert a tiny needle into the back, and then check an x-ray for positioning. Once the position has been determined, the surgeon will inject bone cement (acrylic cement) into the fractured vertebra. Even distribution will be checked using an x-ray and then the needle is withdrawn. A small bandage is all that is needed to close the wound.
Recovery from the Procedure
Recovery time is very fast for vertebroplasty. Most patients are sent home the same day and are walking almost immediately after the procedure. Your surgeon will likely require bed rest for 24 hours following the procedure for healing and to ensure the cement sets, and you will not be able to lift heavy objects for approximately six weeks after the procedure. You may also be required to undergo an exercise and rehabilitation program for a short period.
Is This the Right Treatment for Me?
Determining if your specific condition will improve with vertebroplasty will require a full consultation. Dr. Chetan Patel will conduct a battery of tests using modern medical imaging devices to determine the presence of compression fractures in the spine and then make a recommendation for treatment.
Contact Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health today. Call Call407-303-5452 to make an appointment to speak with him about your spine health and possible treatment options.