Vertebral Body Stenting Procedure for Osteoporotic Compression Fractures

Keeping up with its commitment to providing world-class clinical medical services to all, Aster CMI Hospital, unit of Aster DM Healthcare, Bengaluru successfully conducted an advanced Vertebral Body Stenting procedure on a 57-year-old female patient. It is a treatment for osteoporotic compression fractures, where polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) bone cement was injected into the fractured vertebral body.

The patient had complaints of severe low back pain and life was not easy for her given her limited mobility and dependability. The patient was brought into the hospital in severe pain and was unable to walk or stand. Upon diagnosis, the patient was known to be on treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since the patient was already in severe pain for the past 10 days and considering the age-related risk factors, doctors decided on Vertebral body stenting (Stentoplasty), a novel vertebral augmentation procedure.

Commenting on the surgery, Dr. Umesh Srikantha, Sr. Consultant Neurosurgery, Head of spine services, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore, said: “The surgery was minimally invasive and was performed using the latest medical procedure in vertebral augmentation, called vertebral body stenting (Stentoplasty), which gave immediate relief to the patient, who was able to walk in less than 24 hours. Balloon Kyphoplasty prevents the vertebral body from collapsing and also aids in vertebral body height restoration and shape.

During the procedure, the stent was inserted along with the balloon in the vertebra, the balloon was inflated with the objective to raise the collapsed vertebra. Upon inflation, the stent was also expanded and it remained so within the newly created vertebral cavity even after the balloon was deflated. The cavity was filled with bone cement to support the bone surrounding. This procedure took less than an hour and post the surgery, there was a significant improvement in mobility and the patient was comfortably walking without any assistance,” added Dr. Srikantha.

Post the successful completion of the surgery, Dr. Akshay Hari, Consultant – Neuro Surgery and Spine Surgery, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore said, “The team of neurologists and neurosurgeons from Aster CMI Hospitals, Bangalore has created a milestone in the treatment. We are glad the patient has recovered well. With a qualified team of neurosurgeons’ team effort, the surgery was successful.”

Mr. S Ramesh Kumar, CEO – Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore, said: “This was a complex surgery. However, with the help of skilled doctors and high-end technologies available at the hospital, we successfully performed the surgery. We are proud to mention we are the first in Southern India to conduct this complex new age surgery. There are not many centers that can perform the surgery.”