What is Spinal Fracture:
A spinal fracture, also called a vertebral fracture, is a fracture affecting the vertebrae of the spinal column. Spinal fractures are common around the world and can have a major impact on quality of life. It can cause back pain, loss of appetite, sleep or respiratory problems, etc. If not treated soon enough, they can even make carrying out daily tasks impossible.
Why do they need to be treated:
A spinal fracture occurs when a vertebral body collapses.
Spinal fracture tends to be very painful and, if left untreated, can adversely affect your general health and well-being.
Vertebral Compression Fracture
A spinal fracture can occur after an accident. Traumas can be divided into two types:
Low energy trauma: some diseases, such as osteoporosis or cancer, combined with a low-energy trauma, such as lifting an object or turning over in bed, can cause what are known as “fragility fractures” of the vertebrae.
High energy trauma: road traffic accident, fall, sports, occupational accidents.
Problems arising from fractures:
In addition to being extremely painful, a spinal fracture can affect your balance and therefore increase the risk of new spinal fracture. After an initial fracture, 5 new risks may arise. Each additional spinal fracture exacerbates the deformity of the spinal column, with an increased risk of the complications or reduced functional capacities indicated below:
• Reduced mobility, loss of balance and increased risks of falls.
• Reduction in lung capacity
• Chronic back pain and fatigue
• Reduced appetite and sleeping problems
• Depression, anxiety and low self-esteem
A physical exam together with an X-ray, can help determine whether you have a spinal fracture.
1. Physical examination
Spinal fracture may be asymptomatic, but certain signs may alert your doctor:
• Sudden severe or chronic back pain
• Loss of weight
• Curve in the shape of your spine
2. X-Ray test
Imaging tests such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) might be ordered to confirm the diagnosis of a spinal fracture.
What is the SpineJack®
SpineJack® procedure is intended for internal fracture reduction and fixation directly within the injured vertebral body. To surgically reduce these vertebral body fractures created by compression forces, the SpineJack® deploys in a controlled cranio-caudal way, leading to a fracture reduction, while preserving the surrounding bone trabeculae. Once the fracture has been reduced, the SpineJack® maintains the restoration of the fracture. To secure the reduction achieved in the long term, internal fixation is performed by the injection of Vexim Biomaterials.
SpineJack® system is indicated for use in the reduction of mobile spinal fractures that may result from osteoporosis, trauma fractures types A according to the Magerl classification and malignant lesions myeloma or osteolitic metastasis.
SpineJack® is well documented in published studies in highly respected scientific journals with focus in all type of indications leading to vertebral fractures.
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The procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to relieve pain, stabilize the fracture and restore your fractured vertebra to its initial phase. It can be done in a radiology operating room.
Under X-ray guidance, the surgeon makes two very thin incisions about one centimetre long, in your back and creates a narrow access path to the fractured vertebra to insert two implants.
The surgeon then inserts the implants and injects the bone cement to stabilize the fracture.
The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia but may be performed under local anaesthesia, depending on your surgeon’s recommendation.
This procedure takes about 30 minutes per fracture level treated plus the preparation and recovery time.
Immediate after surgery
3-day post surgery
After the procedure:
1. Immediate pain relief
Patients usually report immediate relief from back pain. But as everyone perceives pain differently, a mild painkiller may be prescribed for several days.
2. Almost immediate return home
3. Fast return to work and daily activities
Once discharged from the hospital, you may be surprised by how quickly you’re able to resume your favourite activities.
Please note that the success of the treatment varies from one patient to another
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