Sarasota Pain Relief Centers offers an innovative treatment option for relieving the severe pain that results from Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCFs).
VCFs occur when the block-like parts of a bone in the spine collapse, becoming compressed a result of trauma. This condition, which commonly affects the thoracic spine, can be extremely painful and may lead to spinal deformity or loss of height.
The Kyphoplasty procedure has been proven effective in reducing or eliminating the pain caused by VCFs and stabilizing the affected bone(s).
For patients who have painful Vertebral Compression Fractures that have not healed after undergoing more conservative treatment methods, Kyphoplasty may be an optimal alternative option for achieving relief from pain.
- A MINIMALLY INVASIVE procedure using a balloon to create a void in the fractured vertebra, which is then filled with quick-drying acrylic bone cement.
- A WELL-ESTABLISHED treatment for patients suffering from painful Vertebral Compression Fractures caused by osteoporosis, metastatic spinal tumors, multiple myeloma and trauma to the back.
- Benefits include:
- – Measurable PAIN RELIEF
- – Increased RANGE OF MOTION
- – Improved or previous LEVELS OF ACTIVITY
- – Improved QUALITY OF LIFE
- – LOW COMPLICATION rate
- Kyphoplasty is often performed on an OUTPATIENT BASIS and usually requires only mild sedation, eliminating many of the complications that result from open surgery.
What You Can Expect…
Before your procedure:
Your doctor will do a physical exam and order x-rays and/or other imaging tests such as an MRI, CT or bone scan. These tests help to determine the location of the fractured vertebra, how recently it occurred, and whether or not vertebral augmentation is the most appropriate treatment.
During your procedure:
Using x-ray guidance, a balloon is inserted into the fractured vertebra through a small incision. The balloon is then inflated, creating a void or cavity. Once the void is established, the balloon is deflated and removed. The void is then filled with bone cement to stabilize the fracture.
As it hardens, the cement forms an internal cast that holds the vertebra in place. The incision is covered with a bandage. Complications are infrequent and your doctor will explain these before proceeding.
After your procedure:
You’ll lie on your back for a short period of time while the cement continues to harden. Your vital signs will be monitored.
Typically, patients are able to go home within a few hours of treatment.
Meet Our Sarasota Kyphoplasty Specialists
Dr. Myrdalis Díaz-Ramírez is a board-certified, fellowship-trained pain medicine physician and anesthesiologist with more than a decade of experience in the field. She is a clinical professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, has co-authored and edited multiple book chapters related to pain medicine, and she has been awarded “Top Doctor” in her field by her peers for the past seven consecutive years. Most recently, she is one of the first physicians to perform the mild procedure in Sarasota County.
Dr. Díaz-Ramírez is bilingual in English and Spanish. She currently practices at Sarasota Pain Relief Centers’ Central Sarasota location, specializing in Anesthesia/Pain Medicine.
Dr. Amitabh Goel has an extensive background in musculoskeletal medicine, and has practiced as an interventional physiatrist for more than 15 years. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with subspecialty certifications in pain medicine and neuromuscular medicine. He is also board certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Dr. Goel has patents on spinal cord stimulators, a field in which he has a special interest. He has received numerous accolades from medical publications over the years, including “America’s Best Physicians,” “America’s Top Physicians” and “Top Doctor.” He currently practices at multiple Sarasota Pain Relief Centers locations, specializing in Anesthesia/Pain Medicine.
Do You Suffer from Chronic Pain Symptoms?
At Sarasota Pain Relief Centers, we are committed to helping our patients live a more pain-free quality of life, so that you can find enjoyment and comfort for many years to come.
Our highly skilled physicians are dedicated to relieving your suffering and ensuring your comfort with compassionate, individualized care and state-of-the-art technologies for pain relief.
If you’re tired of living with chronic pain and want more information about options available for relief, contact Sarasota Pain Relief Centers today at 941-363-9400, or click the button below to set up a consultation at one of our clinics online.