It’s an unfortunate fact that each year about 700,000 older Americans incur a vertebral compression fracture. However, it’s fortunate that Ramos Center can help. Our doctor, Dr. Fabian A. Ramos, and his team are able to either reduce or relieve pain for most of their patients. For many of these patients, the solution is vertebral augmentation vertebroplasty. Here at Ramos Center, the doctor provides vertebroplasty in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice, FL.
What is vertebroplasty?
Another unfortunate fact is that fragility fractures are a growing problem in the US, with 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men experiencing an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. Sometimes osteoporosis, a spinal tumor, multiple myeloma, or metastatic bone disease can cause a fracture, and it’s important to treat these fractures right away, as they can worsen significantly. The two most common treatments are vertebral augmentation kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, and we provide both of these treatments here at Ramos Center.
With a vertebroplasty, a patient is receiving a proven treatment. The procedure itself is only minimally invasive and guided by advanced imaging. For most patients, the procedure significantly reduces chronic pain and provides greater mobility. In fact, about 90 percent of patients benefit in this way. Most patients who haven’t previously responded to conservative treatments will benefit from vertebral augmentation techniques like vertebroplasty.
How does vertebroplasty work?
During the procedure, a small amount of bone cement is injected into the problem area. This increases stability in the vertebral fracture and prevents the further collapse of the vertebra, which in turn prevents associated spinal disorders from worsening. As a result of the procedure, the patient will have significantly less pain and greater functionality.
It’s important to understand that with a vertebroplasty, although the treatment works for current fractures, it doesn’t prevent future fractures from occurring. Ramos Center can provide preventive care and therapy, such as by suggesting weight-bearing and strength-building exercises and providing medication, if necessary.
What else should I know about vertebroplasty?
The procedure is used all throughout the US and is a proven method for treating vertebral compression fractures. About 90 percent of the time, the procedure is successful for patients, so you can be optimistic about the outcome of your procedure. You can also have confidence in the capabilities of our professionals here at Ramos Center, as we are fully capable of performing the procedure.
Vertebroplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, with only local anesthesia and mild sedation, so you’ll be able to leave the clinic quickly and recover quickly. Typically, patients experience pain relief within 24 to 48 hours after surgery and are able to return to physical activity relatively quickly. This does depend on the patient, but you’ll likely be able to return to normal activities very soon.
Where can I get vertebroplasty in Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice, FL?
You can come to Ramos Center to learn more about vertebroplasty during a simple consultation with us. We have 3 locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice, and you can see their addresses and get directions to the clinics on our Locations page. You’re also more than welcome to reach out to us at any of the phone numbers on that page. We’d be happy to answer some of your questions over the phone and set you up with a consultation. During your consultation, we’ll be able to answer all of your questions, look at your medical history, and help you make a fully educated decision as to whether vertebroplasty is the right procedure for you.
Reach out to us today at Ramos Center for lasting pain relief.