Osteoporosis affects our spine or the back bone with aging, continuous wear and tear, deficiency of calcium and vitamin. The spine is weakened and made vulnerable to fractures over a period of time due to this condition.
Osteoporosis causes most of the spine fractures in old age and warrant a surgical intervention in many of such patients suffering from this condition.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become very weak and more likely to break. Our bones become thin and its strength decreases with ageing. It often develops unnoticed over many years. Elderly adults with osteoporosis can stress their weak spines with constant bending. This bending causes pressure on the back and can lead to a spinal fracture.
Fractures caused by osteoporosis most often occur in the spine. These spinal fractures are called vertebral compression fractures. Not all vertebral compression fractures are due to osteoporosis. As osteoporosis progresses it makes the patient shorter and cause a severely rounded upper back. The small bones of the spine gets weaken from osteoporosis, they can narrow or shrink. This can lead to a rounded back, a hump look to the spine.
Vertebroplasty is a pain treatment for vertebral compression fractures. Vertebroplasty, a nonsurgical treatment performed by the surgeon using imaging guidance. In vertebroplasty the surgeon stabilizes the collapsed vertebra. This reduces pain, and can prevent further collapse of the vertebra, thereby preventing the height loss and spine curvature as a result of osteoporosis.
In this procedures bone cement is injected through a small hole in the skin into a fractured vertebra which results in relieving back pain caused by vertebral compression fractures.
Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing a small needle into the crushed bone. The doctor guides the needle into the fractured vertebra using imaging guidance i.e. under X-ray guidance through a small puncture in the patient’s skin. Once the needle is in position, a bone cement is injected into the bone to secure the affected bone. Several crushed bones can be treated at the same time. The needle is removed and the cement hardens quickly setting the fragments of the fractured vertebra and stabilizing the bone.
The procedure generally takes about one hour for each bone that is treated. It is usually done under local anesthesia and light sedation. Patients can leave the hospital a few hours just after the procedure is done.
The patient recovery is quick as it is a minimally invasive surgery with very little blood loss and damage to surrounding tissues. The patients are kept under observation for 1-2 hrs after which they are discharged. They return to normal day to day activities within a week.
“My brother was suffering severe back pain. I showed it to local doctors in my home country and they were of the opinion that my brother might need a spinal disc surgery. But there are no good hospital or facility for such surgery in my home country. Then I started to search for hospital outside my country for the treatment. The hospitals in South Africa quoted a huge amount for the treatment which was beyond my reach. Then one of my friends told me about India. He told that there are good hospitals and doctors in India and the cost is low.
I searched on the internet and I found IndiaCarez.com website. I filled up the form on the website. I got a call from the case manager and she told me to send the medical reports of my brother. I sent the reports by mail and the case manager got back to me with the opinion doctor and the treatment package.
She was very kind and explained me in detail about the package and traveling to India for Spine surgery. The quote was affordable to me and I was satisfied with the profile of the treating doctor. The case manager helped me with the passport, visa and the air tickets which saved a lot of my time.
On the day I and my brother came to India, people from the hospital came to receive us at the airport. They took us directly to the hospital and to our surprise a room was already booked for us and was kept ready. All our admission formalities were done in the room and we were made comfortable. I had never seen such caring services in hospitals back home in my country. I and my brother were seen by a team of doctors the next day and a series of tests were carried out. The surgery was planned and it went on successfully. Doctors were great and very polite. They explained everything very clearly.
We stayed in India for few more days for follow up. Overall it was a great experience. My brother is doing well and I am extremely grateful to the doctors. I thank everyone who helped me and my brother at every step.”
Paul Wageni, Kenya.
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