By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho)
Spine Fracture in elderly occurs because of osteoporosis. Normal activities or minor fall can cause spine fracture if the bone is very soft. The fracture can be very painful that sitting and standing can be very uncomfortable. The back pain exists because of the injury and spinal instability in the fractured bone.
Vertebroplasty – injection of cement in the fractured bone – can provide significant pain relief almost immediately. This can provide stability of the fractured bone. Therefore, the back pain can reduce significantly. This procedure can be done as day surgery procedure under local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
The patient is lying prone on the operating table. Under local anesthesia the needle is directed towards the fractured bone with Xray as a guide. Once the tip of the needle reaches the desired position, the cement is injected slowly. The flow of the cement can be seen from the Xray.
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Dr Tony Setiobudi is an Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard), Singapore. He treats bone, joint, muscle and ligament problems in adults and children. He has a special interest in nerve compression and spine problems such as back & neck pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, spine tumor & infection, spinal cord injury, osteoporosis fracture, spinal stenosis and slipped disc.