Here at the Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, we recently compiled data after a one-year experience with over a dozen procedures of office-based cement augmentation of spinal fractures, in the setting of osteoporosis. Compression fracture of the spine is a painful and debilitating condition that affects tens of thousands of patients each year. Studies have shown kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive technique that involves reinforcing fractured bone with cement, to be safe and effective at quickly relieving pain. The Center has recently completed a grand-scale renovation and added an office-based surgical suite equipped to perform these cases.
We have found the results have been exceptional to date, both in reported patient outcome and satisfaction. Dr. Seth Grossman, a spine surgeon at the Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, commented, “I feel we have really optimized the kyphoplasty procedure here at the Center for Spinal Disorders. Patients are benefitting from a streamlined and highly skilled team with the added benefit of a comfortable and familiar setting at the office.”
The center is also among the very first to perform the procedure using robotically assisted technology with Mazor, an industry leader in the field of robotic spine surgery. Dr. Vagman Vora, who is a chief proponent of robotics technology, noted “we have done some groundbreaking work on the use of robotics in minimally invasive kyphoplasty surgery and I believe the day will come where robotic kyphoplasty will have a large place as a standard of care in the office setting.”
Dr. Jonathan Lewin and Chief Spinal PA Isaac Abramchayev, remarked, “We are very proud of the surgeons, as well as the staff at the Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, to have enabled such exemplary results in such a short period of time.”
Lastly, Dr. Leon Shapiro, the Center’s chief anesthesiologist, performs the procedure using conscious sedation. Achieving adequate pain control while avoiding the need for general anesthesia further increases safety while decreasing recovery time after the procedure. He notes, “This procedure does belong in the office. With the right set of anesthetic protocols, patients can be made very comfortable, allowing the procedure to be done quickly, and with very short postoperative recovery periods.”
In summary, our experience has been excellent. We hope to afford greater patient satisfaction and reach a greater patient population in need of this technology in the near future. If interested, please contact the office at 201-510-3777. We look forward to hearing from you. Wishing you the best of spinal health.