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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
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General Health Channel
Reported June 20, 2014

Polymer Implants

EDMOND, Okla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – As the baby boomer generation gets older, more than 40-million Americans are at risk for osteoporosis and vertebrae compression fractures. A new procedure offers hope.

Today, walking his dog is one of John Wallace’s morning pleasures. But not long ago, this was just wishful thinking. Wallace suffered from a compression fracture caused by weakened bones.

“My spine had settled down on the nerve mass there and it was hurting all over my legs,” Wallace told Ivanhoe.

Dr. Douglas Beall, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Musculoskeletal Imaging & Interventional, says pain from a compression fracture is common in the elderly.

“A compression fracture is like it would sound—it’s like stepping on the top of a coke can and scrunch it down,” Dr. Beall told Ivanhoe.

The procedure used on Wallace was the first new method of treating these fractures in the last decade.  The incision is a small poke-hole.

“It goes in through a needle and then the device goes in a little loop of wire in and over that wire goes artificial bone to provide a cast and in that we inject medical cement. It takes about twenty to thirty minutes to perform and the patients get immediate pain relief,” Dr. Beall explains.

And for patients like Wallace—pain-free means more time with man’s best friend.

”I would certainly be able to do anything that any other man that’s approaching 88 would, would dare to do,” Wallace said.

Dr. Beall says that the surgery costs a fraction of the price of traditional surgery and gives the patients a better chance at avoiding deadly symptoms caused by inactivity—like pneumonia. MORE.

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