Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures performed to treat compression fractures of the spine by stabilizing the fractured bone with a substance that works like cement. Compression fractures are often extremely painful, and can cause abnormal spine curvature that can further lead to other serious health problems. These fractures are commonly caused by osteoporosis, spinal tumors, and traumatic injury. Traditional treatments of bed rest, pain medication, and braces are slow to relieve the pain.
Symptoms of spinal compression fractures
Spinal compression fractures can be really painful. Though for many people, the pain will subside while the bone is healing. This can take up to two or three months. Other people will continue feeling pain, even if the fracture has healed.The most common signs and symptoms of compression fractures are:
- Sudden onset of severe back pain.
- Worsening of pain when standing or walking, sometimes causing immobility.
- Lying on one’s back reduces the intensity of pain.
- Difficulty and pain when bending or twisting.
- Loss of height.
- Curvature of the spine.
Sometimes a compression fracture in the spine may not cause any back pain or other symptoms. Therefore, elderly persons (especially women) need to monitor potential fractures if there is height loss, limited ability to twist and bend the back, and/or deformity that develops in the spine.
A biopsy needle is guided into the fractured vertebra under fluoroscope (a special X- ray device) guidance through a small puncture (half an inch incision) in the patient’s skin. The fluoroscopy monitor allows the surgeon to see exactly where the needle is positioned and how far it is inserted.
Specially formulated acrylic bone cement is injected under pressure directly into the fractured vertebra, filling the spaces within the bone – with the goal of creating a type of internal cast (a cast within the vertebra) to stabilize the vertebral bone. The pressure and amount of cement injected are closely monitored to avoid leakage into unwanted areas.
The needle is removed before the cement hardens (which it does in ten minutes). The small skin puncture is covered with a bandage. You are not removed from the operating table till the remaining cement mixture in the bowl hardens.
Vertebroplasty takes an hour for each vertebra. The injection usually takes only about 10 minutes..
The Estimate Includes:
1. Bed charges
2. Clinical Lab Charges
3. Professional Charges
4. Nursing Charges
5. Dietary Charges for the patient and an attendant
6. Operation Theatre charges
7. Anesthetist charges
8. Procedure charges
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The Estimate Excludes:
1. Stay outside the hospital, cost of the same is not included in the above estimate and is payable on actual.
2. Any outpatient consultations and medicines which are required during the follow-up will not be a part of the estimate.
3. The estimate cost is for the number of days indicated above, if situation demands to extend stay in hospital, the additional days stay would be charged accordingly.
4. Cost for additional or multiple implants will be charged at actual.
5. Special Investigations referred by other departments or if situation demands any additional investigation would be charged accordingly.