Get Back Pain Relief with Vertebral Augmentation
For too many Americans, back pain is a daily fact of life. But you don’t have to live in pain any longer. If you’ve recently suffered a sudden onset of back pain, pain that worsens when standing or walking, limited spinal mobility, or height loss, you might be suffering from a vertebral compression fracture, or VCF. And if that’s the case, vertebral augmentation may be able to help you.
Vertebral augmentation is a cutting-edge treatment that alleviates pain in roughly 90% of patients. This treatment, which is usually a simple outpatient procedure completed with local anesthetic and mild sedation, can help you get your life back.
What to Expect
Before you can be recommended for vertebral augmentation, either we or your primary care physician first must determine if you are suffering from a VCF. We might have you undergo an MRI, CT, or bone scan to determine where the fracture occurred as well as the severity of the damage. (If you are currently pregnant, please let us know before undergoing this procedure.)
Once we have determined where and how much damage has occurred, we can plan for the procedure. During the procedure, you will be awake but mildly sedated with local anesthetic to numb your back. We’ll use X-ray guidance to place a small balloon in the injured vertebra through a small incision. Then, we’ll inflate the balloon to create a void or cavity, and we’ll deflate and remove the balloon as soon as the cavity is formed. Next, we’ll fill the cavity with bone cement in order to stabilize the fracture.
The cement, as it hardens, will act as an internal cast to help your bone heal. The incision is easy to treat with a simple bandage. Once the procedure is complete, you’ll lie on your back for a short time to allow the cement to harden. Most patients are sent home within a few hours to enjoy a life with much less pain.
What to Watch Out For
Like all medical procedures, vertebral augmentation carries certain risks. The following can occur during treatment:
• Embolism of fat, thrombus, or other materials
• Retropulsed vertebral fragments
• Pedicle fracture
After the procedure, please contact us immediately if you show signs of any of the following:
• Wound infection
We are here for you every step of the way, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get through a complication-free procedure and a speedy recovery.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a VCF, or if the symptoms of one simply sound familiar to you, help is on the way! The Institute of Pain Management is here to help you say goodbye to the pain and truly heal. To get started, give us a call today.