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Posted by steve
on July 05, 2000 at 15:14:23:
In Reply to: Re: Vertebroplasty posted by Donna J. Richmond on June 30, 2000 at 15:52:24:
: : : : Is anyone familiar with this new procedure for osteoporosis? If so, I would appreciate any info.
: : : Marci,
: : : I have researched this procedure and they inject
: : : a large neelde in the needed area with a cement like substance. I ruled this out for I too sufer
: : : from osteoporsis and fracturerd vertibra and since
: : : I am small framed they said it`s comman this would
: : : possibly break some ribs due to the pressure of
: : : the procedure. Hope I helped.
: : Trisha, do you know a doctor who does this procedure, or a city where they preform it?
: Marci, I don't know if you are still looking, but if so, go to www.scvir.org
: On the left side of the page is a map of the US, click on that and you can search for an interventional radiologist who does this procedure in your area. (you can search specifically for doctors who do vertebroplasty).
For those that are interested, my dad is 80 years old and suddenly came down with tremendous pain in his back. He is osteoporatic and it was determined via MRI that he had a broken vertebra in his back. Very few local orthopedic surgeons could reccomend anything other then drugs, a brace , and time. We were fortunate to find a dr who remembered that there was a new procedure called vertebroplasty that was being done by one dr in the boston area. we went to see him and he had the procedure immediately. almost immediately his pain was completely gone! The dr is at the lahey clinic in burlington massachusetts. He said some pain due to the surgical procedure, but nothing as severe as the problem he went in with. If we did not wsee it ourselves we would not have believed it.Lahey has an interventional interneuroradiology department that can send you a book and provode information.