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Procedures Brain & Spinal Cord Vertebroplasty
 
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The vertebral column or backbone tends to get weak as a person gets old. This is more common in women since female hormones are necessary for normal mineralization. The weak bones in the spine collapse, producing painful fractures. Till a few years ago the only treatment that was available for condition was a major surgery. However thanks to interventional radiology today a fractured bone of the spine can be strengthened by injecting a specialized medical cement ( bone cement) into the diseased vertebral body .
 
Procedure Details

VERTEBROPLASTY
 
The vertebral column or backbone tends to get weak as a person gets old. This is more common in women since female hormones are necessary for normal mineralization. The weak bones in the spine collapse, producing painful fractures. Till a few years ago the only treatment that was available for painful fractures in the spine was a major surgery. However thanks to interventional radiology today a fractured bone of the spine can be strengthened by injecting a specialized medical cement ( bone cement) into the diseased vertebral body .
 
If the patient suffers from back pain and the x-ray shows evidence of collapse of the vertebral body then the patient is evaluated for this procedure. The first thing would be to ascertain whether the pain is actually coming from this fractured bone. This is easily performed to by tapping on the vertebral column and ensuring that the bone that is fractured is the one that is painful.
 
Once the pain has been localized to this bone, a  MRI scan is performed to ensure that the fractured bone is not protruding into the spinal canal . This is extremely important lest the bone cement which will be injected produce further narrowing of the canal. This  in turn can result in compression of the spinal nerve root producing further pain.
 
Once the above conditions are met then the patient is positioned in a specialized room which allows computerized imaging .A needle,is then guided into the diseased vertebral body. A few mL of both cement is then injected into the disased vertebral body. If the distribution of the bone cement is not complete then another needle is used to puncture the vertebral body from the opposite side the injection repeated to complete the procedure.
 
Normally this procedure does not take more than 45 minutes and most patients can be discharged the same day. Close to 80% of patient that treated by vertebroplasty experienced immediate pain relief. Vertebroplasty is a simple way to treat a problem with which can otherwise prevent a patient from leading a normal life.
 
  For further information contact : dr.mathewcherian@gmail.com
  Phone : +91 9600900373,+91 422 2628627

 

 
 
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