Back Pain Relief
Eight out of ten people will experience back pain during their lives. For some the pain will be so severe that surgery will be necessary to provide relief.
At one time, if you had an operation on your spine, you likely had to wear a collar or body brace for one to three months following surgery. Thanks to new techniques, such external hardware is becoming a thing of the past.
Several factors allow surgeons to avoid these external devices, which had been used to protect the spine and promote healing. Advanced, rigid internal fixation has made most braces unnecessary.
Surgeons borrow some of the patient’s bone marrow from the pelvis and mix it with synthetic bone. The combination has been successful in creating a spinal fusion.
Another development which has impacted cervical disc surgery has been the introduction of internal hardware made of titanium. There is no collar, which means that there is much less postoperative discomfort, and recovery is much quicker.
Another recent advance in spinal surgery has been the introduction of kyphoplasty for the treatment of osteoporosis-related compression fractures of the vertebrae. In this procedure a balloon is inserted into the vertebral body (Figure A) and then inflated to prop up the spine (Figure B). After the balloon is withdrawn (Figure C), cement is injected into the space previously occupied by the balloon, which rigidly fixes the fracture in the improved position
With kyphoplasty, many elderly people with compression fractures experience pain relief and an improved quality of life.
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