Interventional Spine/Pain

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in West Orange, NJ & Piscataway, NJ

Osteoporosis increases your risk of broken bones, including vertebral fractures in your spine. The expert team at Vascular Access Center of West Orange and Piscataway offer interventional spine/pain treatment such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for spinal fractures. If you’re suffering from severe back pain from an osteoporosis-related fracture, call the center’s West Orange or Piscataway, New Jersey, office or book an appointment online today.

Interventional Spine/Pain Q & A

What is interventional spine/pain treatment?

The team at Vascular Access Center of West Orange treat spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis or bone tumors with minimally invasive treatments. These nonsurgical treatments include vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty both involve injecting a small amount of medical-grade bone cement into your fractured vertebrae. Kyphoplasty involves an additional step of creating a space with a tiny balloon before injecting the cement.

Interventional spine treatments relieve pain from compression fractures, even when conventional treatments, such as pain medications, fail to work. These treatments offer long-term relief with a low risk of complications.

When would I need vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty?

The most common causes of spinal fractures are osteoporosis and bone tumors. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become weak and brittle. Eventually, your vertebrae can become so weak they begin to crumble.

When osteoporosis causes your bones to become so weak that they fracture, it’s called a compression fracture. Without treatment, compression fractures can lead to intense pain, loss of height, and a hunched back, also known as “kyphosis”.

Osteoporosis causes little to no noticeable symptoms in its early stages and often remains undiagnosed until a fracture occurs.

What should I expect from an interventional spine/pain treatment?

First, the skilled team at Vascular Access Center of West Orange evaluate your condition to determine whether vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty is right for you.

These outpatient procedures require conscious sedation, which means you will be made comfortable during your procedure with light to moderate sedation so you’re relaxed and pain free. The amount of time it takes depends on the number of vertebrae you need treated, but most vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty procedures last one or two hours.

During the procedure, your doctor uses fluoroscopy X-ray imaging for guidance as they stabilize and strengthen the collapsed vertebra with medical-grade bone cement. They access your vertebrae with a cannula, or a small tube about the width of a drinking straw, into your back and inject the cement directly into the bone.

The cement hardens within 15 minutes, acting like a cast on your spine. You should notice a reduction in pain within a few hours after the procedure.

If you have severe back pain that doesn’t respond to pain medications, call Vascular Access Center of West Orange or book an appointment online to find out if interventional spine/pain treatment is right for you.

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