What is a Vertebroplasty?
Vertebroplasty was initially used for treating cancer pain from vertebral fractures and is today being used for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. The treatment is quick, outpatient and over 90% effective.
Before the procedure, the patient has to go through several non invasive diagnostic tests. These consist of x-rays and an MRI scan. After these tests, the exact position and severity of the fracture is reviewed. The MRI shows if the fracture is new and still trying to heal, or if it’s old and no longer active.
The procedure is an outpatient one and the patient is either conscious or put under. Numbing medicine is injected under the skin and through the soft tissues down to the area of the fracture. After locating the fracture on fluoroscopy (real time x-ray), a small needle will be placed for administering the local anesthetic.
It is a straight forward procedure, where a needle is inserted into the vertebral body that has been damaged and the vertebroplasty bone cement is injected into the vertebral body through the needle, under a local anesthetic. The cement hardens within ten minutes and the fracture becomes stabilized.
The effect is that further collapse of the vertebral body is prevented and it also removes the pain that results from the fracture. It has been seen to be a relatively safe and effective procedure for treating such fractures among the elderly population.
Providing Emotional and Physical Well Being
The patients’ pain from spinal fractures is considerably reduced following vertebroplasty at a Las Vegas Pain Clinic. This results in a reduction of use of narcotics for controlling pain. The major benefits that patients can expect from the treatment are a quick recovery; reduction in medications; increased mobility; and lowered complication risks.
Vertebroplasty also offers relief from pain and enables early mobilization to get the patient back up and walking. This helps avoid severe complications that can arise from chronic back pain or from a prolonged bed rest. The complication rate is also low, especially when it is performed by experienced pain management doctors in Las Vegas. There is a minimal rate of infection or neurologic complication.
It offers a safe procedure leading to satisfactory outcomes in case of vertebral compression fractures. Thus, it offers a quicker recovery of the patient, both physical and emotional.
In order to get the best benefits from Vertebroplasty, it is suggested that the fracture should be treated as soon as possible, as older fractures can also respond to the treatment, but the pain relief might not be much in the latter case. Most insurance companies want the patient to have a trial of medication management along with spinal bracing initially.
If this fails, a vertebroplasty procedure may be an extremely effective outpatient procedure for patients with over a 90% good to excellent outcome.
If you or a loved one is experiencing significant mid back or low back pain from a suspected vertebral compression fracture, Las Vegas pain clinic doctors can help you. The Nevada Pain Network connects those in pain with pain management doctors in Las Vegas that are Board Certified and accept most insurance.
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