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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

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Here Is the Detailed Info About Vertebroplasty!!

Slowly and gradually as the people start to age they are most commonly struck by osteoporosis. Known as the loss of bone mass or resulting in weakened bones; if someone is going through this trouble that is if osteoporosis has developed in their spine then the bone loss can make the vertebrae prone to the spinal compression fractures. In order to treat this type of situation vertebroplasty has been proved to be the best procedure. Adding to this if the SCF that is the spinal compression fractures in case are left untreated then they can worsen and further result in chronic back and hip pain.

With Vertebroplasty, the patients are able to ease their SCF pain and restore their normal height as well as posture.

How this technique is Helpful

According to studies it has been seen that if a fracture occurs then there are chances of further fractures in the future. The more the vertebral body becomes weak, the greater are the chances of a fracture. Moreover, the patients of spinal compression fractures have to suffer from prolonged back pain, limited movement and also are unable to complete their routinely tasks.

In vertebroplasty, a small needle is placed into the damaged bone. With the help of special X-ray equipment the doctor places the needle in the desired path. When the needle is placed in the right position, bone cement is injected into the bone in order to secure it. Likewise, several crushed bones are treated similarly. For each bone the same process is repeated.

How much the Procedure will take?

On an outpatient basis, vertebroplasty is performed which takes almost one hour to complete. The patient opting this process will recover shortly.

What are the results of the Vertebroplasty Procedure?

Most of the patients, who have undergone this process, experience pain relief and a condition much better within 48 hours. Adding to this, they are able to resume their normal activity within 24 hours. Without surgery or prolonged recovery, vertebroplasty would be able to resolve pain, stabilize fracture, and help in the reduction of spinal deformity.

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from spinal compression fractures or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.

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