Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
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This 3D medical animation shows the normal anatomy of a vertebra in the spine. A compression type fracture of the vertebral body is depicted as well as two procedures to repair and stabilize a compression fracture.
Spine surgeons of The Maryland Spine Center in Baltimore, Maryland perform vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, minimally invasive procedures to treat patients with vertebral compression fractures.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive treatments that may result in pain relief from vertebral compression fractures. The procedures are similar, both using a special medical cement to stabilize the fractured vertebrae.
When performing vertebroplasty, doctors using fluoroscopy guide a small tube into the vertebrae (small bones that make up the spinal column) and a cement mixture is injected to strengthen the fractured bone.
Kyphoplasty involves first guiding a balloon catheter into the vertebrae. The balloon is inflated to restore the collapsed area. Once the balloon is removed doctors inject bone cement into the cavity created by the balloon. Typically, more severe fractures require the kyphoplasty procedure to restore the collapsed area.
Patients who have vertebral compression fractures are candidates for vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. This procedure is most beneficial within a short timeframe of the fracture occurring.
The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the best spine experts of the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disorders, including scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center work with each patient to determine the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available while offering an atmosphere of care and support. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
The Maryland Spine Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Mara Vucich is a physiatrist, or doctor of physical and rehabilitative medicine, who treats patients with spine conditions including arthritis, spinal stenosis, degeneration of the spine, back and neck strains and disc herniations.
Michele had trouble walking the stairs due to pain from a herniated disc. Minimally invasive surgery helped eliminate her pain.