Osteoporosis: An Overview
Pain Relief Options for Fractures continued...
Two surgical procedures, both minimally invasive, can be done for fracture-related back pain:
- Kyphoplasty involves inserting a balloon to expand the fractured vertebrae. The space created by the balloon is then filled with bone cement. The balloon is withdrawn.
- Vertebroplasty involves injection of the cement, but without the use of the balloon.
When considering these procedures, discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor. The procedures can have significant risk, such as the cement leaking, and other side effects such as tissue damage, blood clots in the lung, and respiratory failure. However, the surgeries can provide pain relief if patients are good candidates for the procedures.
Complications of Osteoporosis Bone Fractures
Fractures due to osteoporosis can interfere with daily activities such as bending, walking downstairs, or cooking. Prompt treatment, physical therapy, and your commitment to a healthy lifestyle can improve your well-being.