When we experience chronic back pain, we usually end up blaming our lifestyle for it. Since most of our time is spent sitting on an office chair or driving, back pain just becomes a part of everyday life by default. However, in certain cases, the source of the back pain is not just some regular activity. There are multiple situations where it has been noticed that a person may have some injury or ailment in the spine. Many people fail to notice the difference between regular pain and ailment-related pain; this is the reason why mostly the situation escalates to really high proportions due to negligence on the patient’s part.
The Center for Wellness and Pain Care of Las Vegas uses state of the art minimally invasive techniques to restore function and to improve quality of life. We have received extensive post-graduate and fellowship training in fluoroscopically guided spine interventions. CWPCLV’s goal is to provide comprehensive quality of care. When it comes to performing a minimally invasive spine surgery, there are various services that we provide our patients with.
Vertebroplasty is a spine surgery which is conducted to treat compression fractures on the vertebra. To execute the process, the patient is first anesthetized, and then a needle is inserted through the back into the damaged vertebra. The compressed vertebra is then filled with bone cement, which strengthens the vertebra and brings it back to position.
Another variant of the vertebroplasty spine surgery is kyphoplasty, which is also called balloon vertebroplasty. The kyphoplasty procedure is a minimally invasive spine surgery that treats spine fractures which are caused by osteoporosis. It is designed to provide rapid back pain relief and help straighten the spine. However, in the case of kyphoplasty, the vertebra is not just simply filled with bone cement and left at that. In this case, a balloon device is inserted into the vertebral body. The physician then expands the balloon, which, in turn, expands the vertebra to its original size. Once that is achieved, the balloon device is deflated and retracted from the vertebral body. Now, the physician injects bone cement to fill this cavity, which later dries and replaces the original bone, bringing it back to its original form. Although one needle and balloon is sufficient for most cases, a few patients may require more than just that. The needle is then removed from the patient’s body, and the opening on the skin is closed.
In case of both the above minimally invasive surgeries, the opening in the skin is closed, and the patient has to lie face down for a while until the cement dries. Post that, the doctor will guide the patient to aid his recovery properly.