What is Vertebroplasty?
A vertebroplasty procedure, also known as ‘kyphoplasty’, is the minimally invasive procedure to treat compression fractures of the spine. This procedure is useful in stabilizing the spinal fracture as well as to relieve the pain caused by the fracture.
What is the procedure for Vertebroplasty?
A vertebroplasty procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to treat spinal compression fractures as well as to relieve the intense back pain caused by it.
A vertebroplasty procedure requires the surgeon to administer local anesthesia to the back along with light sedation usually in an x-ray suite for assistance in the procedure. The surgeon will start with a biopsy needle by inserting it into the fractured vertebra with the guidance of the x-ray device, directly from the skin above the spinal column.
Special acrylic bone cement is injected under pressure into the fractured vertebra thereby filling the gaps in the bone that hardens swiftly to provide the required support to the damaged and weakened vertebra. This acrylic bone cement is a medical-grade artificially formulated substance that acts as an ‘internal cast’ for the fractured bone.
This procedure is done as an outpatient procedure and you will most probably be allowed to go home after the doctor has determined that you have recovered from the affects of the sedative and anesthetic.
What are the risks associated with a Vertebroplasty?
Potential complications and risks are seen in very rare cases (around 3%) after undergoing vertebroplasty procedure. These are the rare complications seen in a person after a vertebroplasty procedure:
- Numbness/tingling sensation
- Back pain increases
- Paralysis symptoms
- Venous embolism (blood clot in a vein)
- Nerve root compression
- Spinal cord compression
- Pulmonary embolism (blood clots that block artery in the lungs)
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What are the benefits of Vertebroplasty?
The main advantage of the vertebroplasty procedure is its minimally invasive nature that does not require making an incision in the skin but that it is administered with the help of a subcutaneous injection.
The secondary advantage is the level of pain relief as a result of a vertebroplasty is larger in comparison than other spine surgical and non-surgical procedures used to treat compression fractures to the spine.
Why choose Travcure Medical Tourism Consultants for getting Vertebroplasty in India?
Travcure Medical Tourism Consultants are popular for their efficiency in managing all kinds of orthopedic surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures in India. Travcure is well-connected with the wide network of world-standard orthopedic specialist clinics and hospitals that cover all major cities in India and have the most extensive and modern diagnostic and surgical instruments. These orthopedic hospitals and clinics have the most experienced and extensively trained doctors and surgeons associated with them who have a reputation for handling complex cases of orthopedic (especially spinal) problems with a high rate of success. Travcure provides the best of medical and surgical care at the lowest possible cost and that makes it the top choice for thousands of foreign patients who get successful treatment for spinal fractures through vertebroplasty in India every year.