Cancer, osteoporosis, and other conditions can cause chronic pain in the back. When this pain doesn’t get better with traditional forms of treatment, spine tumor ablation and vertebroplasty offer 2 possible solutions. Dr. Adebayo at Arizona Pain Consultants in Goodyear, Arizona, provides these types of treatment for those who are considered suitable candidates.
Spine tumor ablation refers to a treatment method that uses radiofrequency to destroy tumors in the spine. This stops these tumors from pressing on nerves and causing ongoing pain in the spine. In some cases, the space created by this treatment is filled with a cement substance that holds the spinal bones in place and reduces the risk of compression fractures, which is known as vertebroplasty. This treatment can be used for cancer patients in order to improve comfort before undergoing chemotherapy or other types of cancer treatment including radiation therapy.It can also be used in conjunction with radiation therapy or when there is concerns about toxicity from radiation therapy with or without chemotherapy .
Spine tumor ablation is generally considered a safe form of treatment for cancer patients with spinal tumors that are causing a considerable amount of pain. This treatment is typically done in one session that lasts for about 90 minutes. While this treatment produces heat through radiofrequency, there is usually no discomfort since the heat is carefully controlled. Patients typically notice results within 48 hours of undergoing spine tumor ablation. Results can last for 6 months or more.
Patients with spinal tumors that cause significant discomfort might be considered suitable candidates for spine tumor ablation. Dr. Adebayo carefully goes over the potential risks of this procedure and gathers other information to determine if this treatment is safe for patients with cancer.
Vertebroplasty is a procedure that is done to provide stability to the spine in those who have had compression fractures. This procedure involves injecting a cement substance into the affected spinal bones. When this substance hardens, it helps keep the spinal bones stable and provides support to the entire spine. This can reduce the risk of other fractures developing due to osteoporosis or spinal tumors.
Vertebroplasty is considered a safe procedure for many individuals with fractures in the spine caused by osteoporosis or tumors. This procedure relieves pain and makes it possible for these patients to return to their usual activities. Dr. Adebayo will determine if patients are suitable candidates for vertebroplasty after considering certain factors, such as the severity of compression fractures and the presence of underlying conditions that could make surgery risky.
At Arizona Pain Consultants, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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