Severe back pain can be truly debilitating. Doctors treating patients with severe back pain are always seeking safer and more effective solutions. Thankfully, a new restorative approach to severe back pain is gaining traction: the SpineJack system. The SpineJack system, a revolutionary implant procedure, was designed to treat acute osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. These fractures are the most common causes of severe back pain experienced by patients with osteoporosis or low bone mass.
Patients suffering from osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures are typically prescribed pain medication, muscle relaxants, external back braces, bed rest, or physical therapy as conservative treatment options. If patients are still experiencing back pain, a doctor may recommend vertebral augmentation with the SpineJack implant.
Before – Before the procedure begins, the doctor will perform a physical exam and order select imaging tests. These will help determine the location of the fractured vertebra, how recently the fracture occurred, and whether or not vertebral augmentation with the SpineJack procedure is an appropriate treatment option for the patient.
During – Typically, vertebral augmentation is performed while the patient is awake, sedated and his or her back is numbed with local anesthetic. Stryker explains the procedure as such, “Using X-Ray guidance, two expandable implants are inserted into the fractured vertebra through small incisions. The implants are then expanded, restoring the vertebral anatomy and creating a cavity. The area surrounding the implants is then filled with bone cement to stabilize the fracture. As it hardens, the bone cement forms an internal cast that holds the vertebra in place. Following the procedure, the incisions are covered with bandages.”
After – Once the procedure is complete, the patient will lie on his or her back for a short period of time while the bone cement continues to harden. The patient’s vital signs will be monitored by a professional. In a standard case, the patient will be able to go home within a few hours of treatment.
Benefits and Risks
The SpineJack system was strategically designed to allow for more surgical control, to restore a patient’s anatomy, and to protect the patient from future osteoporotic compression fractures. According to recent studies, the SpineJack system has shown to provide improved pain relief in patients up to 12 months following the procedure. Compared to other treatments, the restorative results are immediate and lasting. The implant restores vertebral body height, maximizing every millimeter. Additionally, it reduces adjacent level fractures by decreasing the load that is typically distributed to the adjacent vertebral bodies following an osteoporotic compression fracture.
The use of the SpineJack system may directly or indirectly cause side effects or complications, although complications are rare. Serious side effects may occur with the use of bone cement in surgical procedures of the spine. Before opting for a specific surgical spine treatment like the SpineJack system, consult a doctor to ensure that option is appropriate for your condition.
What’s Right for You
Spine Solutions is proud to offer the SpineJack system as a viable form of treatment for those suffering from osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. The experienced team can offer more information regarding this specific procedure along with other potential treatments. Every patient has different needs, and Spine Solutions is trained to treat each case with careful attention and expertise. If you are feeling severe back pain, do not wait to be treated. Schedule a consultation with our spine specialists by contacting Spine Solutions today.