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how would a compression fracture in a 93 yr. old woman be treated?

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Dr. Alexander Pantelyat
Neurology 17 years experience
Conservatively: If it is causing pain, with gentle pain medications (nsaids like advil or Aleve unless contraindicated; or if more severe, tylenol (acetaminophen) #3). If it is not causing pain, most would leave it be. No surgery is indicated, especially in a 93 year old.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: If the pain can be controlled by medications and activity restrictions, then non surgical management is best. But if the person is in severe pain, a vertebral augmentation procedure such as a kyphoplasty can be highly successful. While we do not take operating on patients in their 90s lightly, elderly patients can least afford to be laid up in severe pain. Thank you.
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Jan 26, 2013

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