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Balloon Kyphoplasty Vs Vertebroplasty
What is best for a vertebral compression fracture and why: vertebroplasty, balloon kyphoplasty, or radiofrequency kyphoplasty?
The repair of a fractured vertebra that has been compressed by placing a substance commonly referred to as " bone cement" though a needle into the vertebra to eliminate pain from that fracture by stabilizing it and in this type the procedure is done or needle directed under the use of an imaging technique known as a ct or cat ...Read more
Brace: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Is a laminectomy or minimally invasive foramenectomy w/o fusion better for mixed foraminal and spinal cervical stenosis?
Ask your surgeon(s): They'll review your imaging with you and discuss your options. But before further surgeries, you mention physical therapy and cymbalta, (duloxetine) but there may be other non-surgical options including other medications, pain psychology and interventional pain procedures that may be helpful for your condition. Good luck! ...Read more
It is very common.: Transforaminal interbody fusion, or tlif, is a common spinal procedure. It is just one of many tools used in spine surgery. It's important that the decision for surgery be made carefully, and that the particular combination of procedures be individualized for a person's anatomy and symptoms. ...Read more
Excellent: Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. It is also successful in the treatment of pathologic features from certain metastatic tumors and multiple myeloma. It is not indicated for vertebral fractures in younger patients. Proper indications and patient selection are key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kyphon.com: Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. It is also successful in the treatment of pathologic features from certain metastatic tumors and multiple myeloma. It is not indicated for vertebral fractures in younger patients. Proper indications and patient selection are key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It depends on exactly what is being done, your surgeon's experience and training, your size and medical condition, the type of condition being treated. All surgery has risks. Mis can reduce some risks, but may increase other. Have a frank discussion with the surgeon recommending the procedure. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Disc herniation: Both approaches to removing disc herniations are effective. The location of the herniation will dictated the best approach, whether more from the middle of the spine to an approach from the side of the spine. Many spine surgeons have experience with both microdiscectomy and endoscopic. It is important to discuss these approaches with the surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?
Complex: It is a little complex to fully discuss in such a forum; but a for amounting would be appropriate if you are just having symptoms of foraminal stenosis causing pain in the arm, where a laminectomy may be needed if you have problems related to central cord compression. Definitely would need to discuss face to face with your surgeon. ...Read more
Cervical foraminotomy vs acdf. Which is preferred in c5~6 hnp w rad. In 28yr old pt? Is minimally invasive technique always good?
Herniated disc: A herniated cervical disc can be treated with surgery if all the nonoperative options have been exhausted or if there is a significant weakness associated with the herniated disc. The approach can be from the back (foraminotomy) or the front (acdf) of the neck. An emerging option is an artificial disc and particularly at your age, this may be an excellent option. See your neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Dilation of blockage: Using a vascular catheter, not an open surgical procedure, a balloon is used to dilate a blocked artery. This may be followed by placing a stent, a metal alloy support scaffold, can be placed to hold the vessel open. Aggressive medications will be needed to control the risk factors that contributed to the blockage. ...Read more
Different surgeries: Spinal decompression surgery is performed nerve root impingement-usually from bone or ligaments in the spinal canal or where the nerve roots exit-the neuroforamena. Generally called a laminectomy, it involves removing bone and ligament from the spine. A spinal fusion locks together two or more segments of the spine, usually with screws and rods. Bone is added as well to allow the bones to knit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A type of spine : Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Like a fusion: A cervical disc arthroplasty (disc replacement) is approached the same way a cervical fusion is done. Which is through a small incision in the front of the neck. But instead of placing bone graft in the space that the disc used to occupy for fusion, it is replaced with a mobile disc replacement. The procedure takes just as long as a fusion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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