What is Vertebroplasty?
Chronic aching back pain is a problem that every person faces. Back pain can occur during strenuous physical activity, at work, and even while sleeping. Back problems can be due to various bone diseases. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that can be very troublesome, from back pain to minor vertebral injury and disability. It is a systemic disease that progresses for a long time in a chronic form. In modern medicine, there is a way to help cope with bone defects.
Vertebroplasty is a non-invasive procedure to strengthen the damaged vertebral body during traumatic compression or osteoporotic fractures. Vertebroplasty is also necessary to protect the spine from further deformation.
Women can be candidates for vertebroplasty because, due to hormonal disorders, their bone tissue becomes weaker. Patients who have defects in the vertebral bodies due to a benign tumor may also need vertebroplasty. Bone cement has a cytotoxic effect, so this procedure will also be useful for metastatic vertebral lesions.
Vertebroplasty of the spine is performed for spinal hemangioma in the acute stage when the patient experiences discomfort when exposed to physical exertion. However, it is advisable to perform vertebroplasty when the vertebral body is destroyed by no more than 70%.
Using a thin needle, the surgeon inserts a specific material into the vertebra. The doctor monitors the whole process using computer tomography. The surgeon does not cut tissue, does not make large incisions, which minimizes the risk of blood loss and reduces the likelihood of trauma to the surrounding tissue. The main components of the injected mixture are bone cement, contrast material, an antibiotic. Specialists at the Orlando Medical center “Touch of Health” perform vertebroplasty in a few minutes since the mixture hardens within 10 minutes.
Results of vertebroplasty
After vertebroplasty, the patient is under medical supervision for several hours. If the procedure was performed under local anesthesia, then the patient can go home the same day. However, in the case of general anesthesia, hospitalization lasts 12-24 hours. After vertebroplasty, specialists recommend bed rest. The patient becomes upright only on the second day after surgery. After about 3-4 weeks, the patient can then return to the daily activities. It is worth remembering that the body needs rest to recover. Usually, the patient feels pain after surgery, especially at the puncture sites, but this only lasts for a few days. The result of the operation is improved motor function and improved quality of life.
If spinal pain prevents you from enjoying life, then you can visit the Orlando Medical center “Touch of Health.”
Mark Biondi, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Michael Thomas, DO