Introducing the Sunet Clinic at Bangalore: Outpatient Timings now extended to 8pm

Thursday, July 23, 2009



Most of us today avoid a visit to a doctor or a hospital specially if it interrupts with our working hours. We felt that there was a genuine need to adjust our timings so that we can accommodate our visitors who could not visit us due to their work timings

We have decided to extend our timings to introduce "Sunet Clinic" which will be open from 5pm-7pm. You can call 6636666 for appointments or email us at enquiries@wockhardthospitals.net

Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatement for Compression Fractures

Vertebroplasty is minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure used to treat the pain associated with vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis and tumoral lesions

It is an image-guided, minimally invasive surgical also used for treatment for pathological spinal fractures which is successful at alleviating the pain caused by compression fracture. It is accomplished by injecting orthopaedic cement through a needle into the fracture vertebra.

Indications

In elderly patients with vertebral fracture, secondary to Senile Osteoporosis, of vertebra, Haemangiomas of spine.

Patient Evaluation

First, the patient is evaluated clinically and basic blood investigations are carried out.X-ray of spine, and if needed, of other parts too, are also taken.MRI is optional, in the presence of neurological deficits, suspected malignancy .Medical evaluation, for medical disease is performed.

Vertebroplasty Procedure

Done under general anesthesia in the operation theater. A hallow needle is passed percutaneously through pedicles into the body of vertebra, which is fractured under image guidance. It is followed by injection of dye,to confirm if the needle has reached a safe spot in the affected spine.An orthopedic cement paste is injected through needle into the body of vertebra, under image guidance. Once adequate cement is injected, needle is removed.

Total time: 30min

Advantages of Vertebroplasty

  • This technique provides immediate strength to the porous bone, rapid relief from pain and reduces the likelihood of fractures again.
  • Immediate pain relief.
  • Early mobilisation, so early return to normality.
  • No brace/no bed rest.
  • Minimal invasive procedure.

Risks

A small amount of cement can leak out of the vertebral body.Other possible complications include: infection, bleeding, rarely neurological symptom is noticed

Limitations of Vertebroplasty
  • Not used for Herniated disc or arthritic back pain.Not a prophylactic treatment to prevent fracture.
  • Not for correction of spinal deformities.
  • Not for medically unfit patient and in healed fractures.
Vertebroplasty has been carried out in several cases at Wockhardt Hospitals, where there has been great success, in the ease of the procedure and in the outcome.

For consultation with our Bone and Joint doctors,please email enquiries@wockhardthospitals.net

Thinking of Getting a Knee Replacement: Take a walk in the sun

According to scientists in Australia, walking in the sunshine could be a great way to delay your knee replacement.The findings claim that Vitamin D deficient people loose cartilage faster than those who are not vitamin D deficient .Sunlight is one of the best sources of vitamin D but the researchers warn there in Australia there seems to be a national trend of people avoiding the sun.

Tasmania, half the population is vitamin D deficient, and even people living in brighter parts of Australia, such as Queensland, are at risk of developing osteoarthritis in their knees.The head of the Musculoskeletal Unit at the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart, Professor Graeme Jones, has discovered that vitamin D keeps knee cartilage healthy.

"In summer you need five minutes of unprotected sun on your arms and face. Winter at this time of year you need about an hour a day in the middle of the day,"

Cartilage has vitamin D receptors, and while there is not much knowledge on exactly onwhat this vitamin D does in cartilage, but the results suggest that vitamin D helps cartilage metabolism, so it suggests cartilage is under hormonal control.that patients with healthy vitamin D levels maintained their cartilage for longer than those with a deficiency.

Sunshine and exercise could just be a very cheap prevention to an expensive health problem.
Professor Jones says more than two million Australians have osteoarthritis and treating them costs $9 billion a year.

The men and women he has studied are aged between 50 and 80 years old.

Read the entire findings at here

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