When we hear the word Osteoporosis, we usually think of the bones in our hands, but osteoporosis is actually very common in the spine. In fact vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) caused by osteoporosis pose a major public health threat for millions of people worldwide. A vertebral compression fracture is a collapse of a vertebra, one of the many small bones that make up the spine.
Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) are the most prevalent type of osteo¬porotic fractures and may be associated with severe back pain, kyphosis, disability and even an increased risk of death. One of the best procedures that The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center offers is called Balloon Kyphoplasty.
Balloon Kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure, has been performed on over 900,000 patients worldwide over the past 10 years. Approximately 90% of the patients who are treated with Balloon Kyphoplasty have immediate and significant pain relief, thus making it one of the most rewarding procedures we perform. This is consistent with the most recent literature.
Kyphoplasty is performed through a small incision in the back through which the doctor places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area. Using X-ray images, the doctor inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, and then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, returning the vertebra to a more normal position. The balloon is removed and the doctor uses specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). After being injected, the pasty material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.
If you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and you suffer from back pain, call The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center at 508-507-8818 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an evaluation.