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Surgical Treatment for Lumber Compression Fractures

Usually doctors recommend rest, activity modification, back bracing and medication to relieve pain due to lumber compression fracture. If chronic pain persists, Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are the surgical procedures to treat lumbar compression fracture. Both surgical procedures involve minimally invasive incision and use of acrylic bone cement to harden and stabilize fragments of lumbar vertebra.

 In Vertebroplasty, fine needle is inserted in fractured vertebrae to inject cement. Whereas in Kyphoplasty a thin catheter tube with balloon at tip is guided into vertebra. Balloon is inflated to create a cavity in which acrylic cement is injected and subsequently deflated and removed. Both of these procedures take very little time in healing and allow patients of Lumber compression fracture to go home same day after surgery. Spinal fusion surgery is used as last option to eliminate motion between two vertebrae and relieve pain.