Cement for broken back; Have you ever heard of using cement for a broken back?

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There are multiple minimally-invasive options for using cement for broken back. Doctor Parchuri from the Tulsa Spine and Orthopedic Specialists provides these and other treatments and is available at 539-664-4448 Some of these options include Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. Vertebroplsty and Kyphoplasty are both minimally invasive outpatient procedures and the patient is usually released the same day. Both of  these procedures are typically considered options to be used after the fracture hasn’t healed or improved after several weeks alongside pain medication and other treatments such as using a brace to immobilize the break.

The best candidates for treatment via cement for broken back are people with a non-healing compression fractures. This can be used regardless of the age of the fracture but has the best results in healing newer fractures. Typically non-surgical procedures are used first, and the following procedures are used as a last resort.

Vertebroplasty is minimally invasive and uses a needle to puncture the patients skin, after they’ve been aestheticized. A biopsy needle is guided by x-ray into the fractured vertebra until it reaches the fractured vertebra and it is then used to pump a specially formulated acrylic bone cement into the fracture. This fills the spaces within the bone with a sort of internal cast, that is used to stabilize the break from the inside out vs the typical external brace used as a first option. Once all instrumentation has been removed, the cement hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone. This is one option utilizing cement for a broken back repair.

Kyphoplasty is another option typically considered when utilizing cement for broken back. A surgical balloon is inserted through a needle guided by x ray into the broken vertebrae, where it is then inflated to allow room inside the fracture for the cement, which is then pumped into the break where it hardens and stabilizes the break. Typically, recovery is minimal. We recommend out patients take 24 hours bed rest before gradually resuming normal activities and medications. Most patients report ninety percent or better pain reduction within the first twenty four to forty eight hours, and find themselves able to resume daily habits and activities shortly after. Less than three percent of patients report any complications or side effects of the surgery. Complications are rare, but they can include the following: bleeding, infection, loss of sensation, increased intervals of back pain and in the worst case scenario paralysis. Other less severe side effects/risks reported have included cement extrusion into the vertebral canal which can lead to nerve compression, venous embolisms which is a blood clot blocking an artery in the lungs of the patient, and other typical side effects of anesthesia and treatments utilizing it.

If you or a loved one suffer from a verterbral compression fracture that has not shown any signs of healing from non invasive or non surgical methods, Doctor Parchuri is available at Tulsa Spine and Orthopedic Specialists. Contact them at 539-664-4448

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