Fractures of the spine are common in older people with fragile, thinning bones, or osteoporosis. Because many patients do not realize that they have weakened bones, fractures may happen from a simple fall or other minor incident.
While some patients may have no pain as a result, the fracture or resulting spinal distortion can be very painful.
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Minimally invasive procedures
Interventional radiologists at Good Shepherd Hospital offer nonsurgical options to help patients with spinal conditions.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for compression fractures which occur in the vertebra, the small bones that make up the spinal column.
A Good Shepherd Hospital interventional radiologist inserts a balloon through a needle into the fractured bone to restore the height and shape of the vertebra. Advanced imaging is used to precisely guide the needle. A cement mixture is then inserted into the space created by the balloon to secure the shape of the spine.
Kyphoplasty may be done as an outpatient procedure; often patients return home the same day. The medical team at Good Shepherd Hospital provides follow up care to support healing.
Vertebroplasty is a similar nonsurgical treatment performed by an interventional radiologist using imaging guidance. In this procedure, the patient's vertebrae are stabilized by injecting medical-grade bone cement into the spine. Within approximately 15 minutes, the cement hardens to create a type of internal cast that supports the spine.
This procedure can improve back pain within hours of the procedure and provide long-term pain relief.
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