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There are two procedures available to repair various types of compression fractures of the spine. If you are looking for a minimally invasive procedure, your options are vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.
Vertebral compression fractures (VCF) are the most common osteoporotic fracture. Low bone density and previous fractures increase VCF's by seventy percent. VCF's are common among breast, lung and prostate cancer patients where cancer has metastasized to the bone.
Years ago, if you had a spinal fracture you went through a procedure where the surgeon would place plates or rods and screws, anchored to the spine to stabilized the fractured bone. This procedure could last 3 hours, or more, while the surgeon cut the back muscles, drilled into the spine and placed the hardware around the fracture.
The physical limitations after hardware placement surgery were numerous, with cautions like, no bending, lifting, twisting, or stretching, and reduci...
For older adults with osteoporosis (brittle bones), it's not bad enough when there's a hip fracture that needs repair. But added complications from poor health, from being in the hospital, and from the surgery can be deadly. Pneumonia, heart failure, infections, and pressure ulcers (bed sores) head the list of problems that some seniors face when a hip fracture occurs. And according to this report from the Washington University School of Medicine, a delay in surgery increases the risk of complications even in healthy patients. When it comes to osteoporosis-related fractures, surgeons and other health care professionals are trying to prepare for what's ahead. With over 100 million seniors by the year 2025 (that's only 15 years away), the number of fractures is expected to rise from two million every year now to over four million then. And that translates into billions of dollars in health care costs. What can be done to reduce the number and severity of complications related to surgery f...
Alternative Names Fracture of the nose; Broken nose First Aid Reassure the patient and try to keep the patient calm. Have the patient breathe through the mouth and lean forward in a sitting position in order to keep blood from going down the back of the throat. Apply cold compresses to the nose to reduce swelling. If possible, the patient should hold the compress so that there isn't too much pressure on the nose. To help relieve pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended. Do Not Do NOT try to straighten a broken nose. Do NOT move the person if there is reason to suspect a head or neck injury . Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if Get medical help right away if: Bleeding will not stop Clear fluid keeps draining from the nose You suspect a blood clot in the septum You suspect a neck or head injury The nose looks deformed The person is having difficulty breathing
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