VCFs caused by osteoporosis, tumors, malignancies, and other pathologies may impact the patient's quality of life. The following effects of sustaining a VCF may occur:
Sudden onset of back pain
Increase of pain intensity while standing or walking
Decrease in pain intensity while lying on the back
Limited spinal mobility
Eventual height loss
Eventual deformity and disability
Reduced mobility, loss of balance and increased risk of falls
Reduced lung function
Reduced physical activity and increased bed rest
Chronic back pain and fatigue
Decreased quality of life
Increased risk of future fracture
Increased risk of death
If you have been diagnosed with a VCF caused by osteoporosis, cancer or benign tumors, Vertebral Augmentation is a treatment option you may consider. Vertebral Augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure that may reduce back pain and repair the vertebral compression fracture.
About the Procedure
Before your procedure your doctor will perform a physical exam, ordering x-rays and other imaging tests such as MRI, CT or bone scan to determine the precise location of the fracture, how recently the fracture occurred and whether performing Vertebral Augmentation is the most appropriate treatment. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia -your treating physician will decide which option is appropriate for you.
During your procedure the void is then filled with bone cement to stabilize the compression fracture. As the cement hardens on the inside of the vertebral body, it will form internal supportfor the fractured vertebra.
Vertebral Augmentation takes about one hour per fracture treated. It may be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on medical necessity. After the procedure, you will most likely be transferred to the recovery room for observation.
After your VCF procedure, you will remain flat on your back for a period of time, in order for the cement to completely harden. Typically, patients are able to be discharged within a few hours after treatment. The incision sight is covered with a bandage.
What Should You Expect with Your Recovery?
Treatment with the Affirm VCF System may help you return to normal activities. Many patients recover in 2-4 weeks; however, recovery time varies between patients. A positive attitude, reasonable expectations and compliance with your doctor's postsurgical instructions may all contribute to a satisfactory outcome.
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Neurostimulation is a medical therapy that has helped thousands of chronic pain sufferers reduce their pain and improve their quality of life.
Have been used since 196 7 (over 40 years)
Are approved or cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs
Are covered by many major health insurance plans, Medicare, and workers' compensation programs
How Does It Work?
Neurostimulation works by intercepting pain signals before they reach the brain. To do this, a small system is implanted in the body. When turned on, the implanted system sends mild electrical pulses to nerves along the spinal cord. T hese pulses diminish the feeling of pain and provide what some describe as a more pleasant massaging sensation or, in some cases, simply the absence of pain.
What Are The Components?
A Neurostimulation system typically consists of three components that are designed tb work together to help manage your pain: a generator (also called a stimulator), leads, and a programmer.
A small device, similar to a pacemaker, that sends pulses to the leads. Generators are available with rechargeable and nonrechargeable (primary cell) batteries. They are usually placed in the abdomen or buttock area.
Thin wires that deliver pulses from the generator to nerves along the spinal cord. Leads are placed in an area along the spinal column called the epidural space.
An external, handheld device, similar to a remote control, that lets you adjust how the stimulation feels.