New tech­nique used to re­pair dam­aged ver­te­bra

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ab­dul­latif Al-Sharaa

A Kuwaiti doc­tor per­formed a rare pro­ce­dure on an el­derly pa­tient who suf­fered a com­pound frac­ture in the third lum­bar ver­te­bra and a com­pressed frac­ture in the sec­ond ver­te­bra. Dr Tareq Si­nan, con­sul­tant in in­ter­ven­tion ra­di­ol­ogy and a pro­fes­sor at Kuwait Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Medicine, had or­dered the pa­tient to be trans­ferred to a pri­vate hospi­tal a week after doc­tors gave up on find­ing a rem­edy for his case. Once he reached the hospi­tal, Dr Si­nan per­formed the pro­ce­dure, which is the first of its kind in Kuwait, and in which he treated the frac­tures us­ing bone ce­ment.

In or­der to keep the ce­ment from leak­ing, Dr Si­nan placed lit­tle amounts of ce­ment inside a bal­loon, then in­flated the bal­loon to cre­ate a pro­tec­tive wall of ce­ment us­ing the ‘egg shell tech­nique.’

After that, he in­jected the ce­ment inside the wall, which even­tu­ally helped re­pair the ver­te­bra’s with­out caus­ing any leak­age.

The pa­tient was able to walk two hours after the op­er­a­tion, and pain was sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced. He was also able to walk un­der his own power within 24 hours after be­ing bedrid­den for a week.

The tech­nique of re­pair­ing ver­te­bra us­ing ce­ment with­out surgery is new in Kuwait. The pro­ce­dure is done with­out sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion, is fast and safe, and does not re­quire the pa­tient to stay in hospi­tal for long.

Dr Tareq Si­nan

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