Interventional Spine/Pain

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Mays Landing, NJ

If you’re suffering from a painful compression fracture due to osteoporosis, advanced interventional spine and pain treatments like vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty can offer relief. The Vascular Access Center team in Mays Landing, New Jersey offers minimally invasive treatments for a wide range of problems, including vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty for painful compression fractures. If you’re looking for interventional spine/pain relief, call Vascular Access Centers or schedule an appointment online.

Interventional Spine/Pain Q & A

What causes vertebral compression fractures?

One of the most common causes of compression fractures in your vertebrae is osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to weaken and become brittle. This fragile state can cause bones to be broken by the smallest stresses, like coughing or bending over.

Besides a stooped posture and lost height, osteoporosis can cause back and spine pain, due to collapsed or fractured vertebrae.

What is vertebroplasty?

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are nonsurgical interventional spine/pain treatments for vertebral compression fractures that don’t respond to conventional medical therapy.

During this treatment, your experienced Vascular Access Center physician injects medical-grade bone cement into your vertebrae. As the cement hardens, it stabilizes your bone, alleviating pain and preventing further collapse.

Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty provides complete pain relief in more than 90% of cases of osteoporosis-related fractures.

What are the benefits of vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty?

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty provide dramatic long-term pain relief, starting within hours of treatment with minimal complication and recovery time.

When you don't reinforce damaged vertebrae, they heal in compressed or flattened wedge shapes. This state makes treatment difficult. If you’ve had spinal pain that lasts for more than three months, contact Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County to see if vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty can relieve your symptoms.

What can I expect during my procedure?

Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County performs vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty interventional spine and pain treatments as an outpatient procedure, using X-ray imaging and conscious sedation.

Using fluoroscopy guidance, or continuous moving X-ray imaging, your interventional radiologist inserts a small tube about the size of a drinking straw through a nick in the skin into your fractured bone. They then inject the medical-grade bone cement into your vertebra.

Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty takes between one and two hours to perform, depending on how many bones require treatment. The cement hardens within 15 minutes and stabilizes the fracture, like an internal cast. This stops the pain caused when bone rubs against bone.

After your treatment, Vascular Access Center recommends bed rest for 24 hours. After that, you can gradually resume regular activities. You may experience mild tenderness at the puncture site for a few days, but an ice pack should ease your discomfort.

Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty can relieve vertebral compression fractures for up to three years.

To learn more about interventional spine and pain treatment, call Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County or schedule an appointment online today.

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