DRHC Dubai Spinal Surgery

Vertebroplasty: Restoring Spinal Health with Precision at DRHC

At the Spine Department of Dr. Rami Hamed Center, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for all spine-related conditions. Our team of expert physicians, surgeons, and support staff are committed to delivering personalized treatment plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

About Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), which commonly occur due to osteoporosis, trauma, or tumors. The procedure involves injecting bone cement into the fractured vertebra to stabilize the spine and alleviate pain. Vertebroplasty is an effective option for patients experiencing severe pain or spinal instability due to VCFs.

Our Approach to Vertebroplasty

  1. Pre-procedure Evaluation:

    • Consultation with one of our spine specialists to discuss your symptoms and medical history.
    • Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to evaluate the extent of the vertebral compression fracture.
  2. Procedure Day:

    • You will be positioned comfortably on the procedure table.
    • Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area where the needle will be inserted.
    • Using fluoroscopic guidance, a small needle is inserted into the fractured vertebra.
    • Bone cement is injected into the vertebra to stabilize it and relieve pain.
  3. Post-procedure Care:

    • Most patients experience immediate pain relief following vertebroplasty.
    • You may be discharged home the same day or after a short observation period.
    • Our team will provide detailed instructions for post-procedure care and follow-up appointments.

Why Choose Us for Vertebroplasty?

  1. Expertise: Our spine specialists have extensive experience in performing vertebroplasty procedures, ensuring optimal outcomes for our patients.

  2. Advanced Technology: We utilize state-of-the-art imaging technology and equipment to perform vertebroplasty with precision and accuracy.

  3. Comprehensive Evaluation: Our team conducts thorough evaluations, including imaging tests and consultations, to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.

  4. Multidisciplinary Approach: We collaborate closely with other medical specialties, including radiology and pain management, to provide comprehensive care for our patients.

If you are experiencing back pain or have been diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture, we are here to help. Schedule a consultation with one of our spine specialists at Dr. Rami Hamed Center to learn more about vertebroplasty and explore your treatment options. Your journey to a healthier spine starts here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is vertebroplasty?

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) by stabilizing the fractured vertebra with the injection of bone cement.

How is vertebroplasty performed?

During vertebroplasty, a hollow needle is inserted into the fractured vertebra under fluoroscopic guidance, and medical-grade bone cement is injected into the vertebral body to stabilize it.

What types of fractures can be treated with vertebroplasty?

Vertebroplasty is typically used to treat acute and chronic vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, spinal tumors, or trauma.

Is vertebroplasty painful?

Patients are usually given local anesthesia to numb the skin and tissues over the treatment area, so they may only feel pressure or mild discomfort during the procedure. Pain relief from the vertebroplasty is often immediate or occurs shortly after the procedure.

How long does vertebroplasty take?

Vertebroplasty is a relatively quick procedure, typically taking about 1 to 2 hours to perform per fractured vertebra.

What are the risks and complications of vertebroplasty?

While vertebroplasty is considered safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries some risks. Potential complications may include infection, bleeding, nerve injury, leakage of cement into surrounding tissues, and allergic reactions to anesthesia or bone cement

Who is a candidate for vertebroplasty?

Candidates for vertebroplasty typically have symptomatic vertebral compression fractures that have not responded to conservative treatments such as pain medications, rest, or bracing. Patients with severe osteoporosis or spinal tumors causing VCFs may also benefit from vertebroplasty.

What is the recovery time after vertebroplasty?

Recovery time after vertebroplasty is usually minimal. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure, although strenuous activities may need to be avoided for a short period.

Is vertebroplasty covered by insurance?

Coverage for vertebroplasty may vary depending on the patient's insurance plan and the specific circumstances of the procedure. It's essential to check with your insurance provider to determine coverage eligibility.

Are there alternatives to vertebroplasty?

Other minimally invasive procedures, such as kyphoplasty, may be considered as alternatives to vertebroplasty for treating VCFs. Additionally, conservative treatments like pain management, physical therapy, and bracing may be recommended in some cases.