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Is it possible to avoid surgery for spinal fracture?

Vertebroplasty is a treatment in which a specially formulated cement is injected into the fractured vertebra, with the goal of relieving your spinal pain and bringing back your mobility. Not all people with fracture vertebra are suitable candidates for this procedure, however, according to the studies conducted Vertebroplasty is more beneficial as compared to other conservative treatments, which include, bed rest pain relievers, muscle relaxants, back braces and physical therapy. Prior to considering for vertebroplasty you should consult with your physician about the risks and benefits. At the Pain Management Institute, Dr Zaki Anwar, MD only recommends the vertebroplasty treatment if;

  • When the conventional methods for treating back pain have failed
  • You endure chronic back pain and immobility
  • The fracture vertebra brought you serious consequences, including veins damage, osteoporosis, respiratory problems, muscle shortening, losing height and emotional distress

Risks and complications with Vertebroplasty

Generally vertebroplasty is easily endured, with a complication rate is 1 percent to 3 percent. In very rare cases, patients face risks such as

  • Hemorrhaging
  • Blood loss
  • Fractures of ribs or other nearby bones
  • Fever
  • Nerve root irritation
  • Infection
  • Cement flowing outside of the bone before it hardens

For a little while following the vertebroplasty procedure the pain may worsen as the cement hardens, but it only happens in very rare cases and does not last longer. You may experience complications depending on your condition, it is necessary to discuss with your doctor prior to any processing

How Vertebroplasty

Works Prior to the procedure

At the Pain Management Institute vertebroplasty is done, considering your comfort as the first priority. Dr Zaki Anwar MD Pain management Specialist and Anesthesiologists will conduct an X-ray and discuss your complete medical history with a physical examination to pinpoint the location and nature of your vertebral fracture. If needed Dr Zaki Anwar, MD might also use MRI or CAT scan. Must tell your doctor about any medications or other painkillers you are taking. Inform your physician if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any blood thinning medications or other medications that hinders the clotting of blood

During the procedure;

Dr Zaki Anwar, MD will give you an IV sedation to relax and remain un bothered, in cases of sever pain local anesthesia might be used. A needle is placed using an x-ray guidance into the fractured vertebra, sometimes a second injection is also needed to completely fill the crack

What to expect after the procedure?

You will be asked to lie on your back for a couple of hours as the cement hardens in an observation room, you will experience pain relief after a day or two. Dr Zaki Anwer, MD will assess you for any complications and recommend wearing a back brace if needed