Osteoporosis is thought to be a major public health threat in the United States, with nearly 10 million Americans age 50 and over suffering from the bone condition. Left untreated, it can lead to severe spine issues, including cracks in your vertebrae called compression fractures. Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis can identify the extent of your spinal issues and provide non-invasive treatment such as vertebroplasty to relieve your pain. Call to schedule your consultation or book your appointment online.
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes your bones to become much weaker and more frail than usual. With time, your bones can become so brittle that even an everyday act, such as coughing, can cause a bone fracture. Vertebral compression fractures are the most common fracture in patients with osteoporosis.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures that help stabilize compression fractures in the spine that cause debilitating back pain.
During a vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty procedure, one of our specialists will make you comfortable with moderate sedation as you lay face down on the operating table. After cleaning and preparing the area, we create several small nicks in the skin on your back at the location of your fractures.
Using an X-ray scan for guidance, we insert a small tube into the incision. He pushes the tube past the back muscles until it reaches the fracture site. Once in position, your provider administers medical grade cement thorugh the cannula into the fracture, sealing and supporting the injury.
This process is repeated for each fracture. The cement hardens within 15 to 20 minutes and the whole procedure can take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the number of fractures.
You should feel relief from your pain within hours of the procedure and your results should last for several years with no complications. If you develop further fractures or your existing treatment seems to have worn off, our team can easily provide additional treatment.
If you’re in the Memphis area and need relief from your spinal pain, we are here to help. Call Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis to schedule your consultation or book online.
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