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  • Manipal Hospital Gurugram performed an advanced procedure making a 99-year-old bedridden woman walk again

    Published on February 15, 2022

    • The kyphoplasty procedure helped to repair the broken vertebra of a 99-year-old woman without the need for a major surgery
    • The old woman was able to stand and walk properly within a few hours following the procedure

    Gurugram : Doctors at Manipal Hospital Gurugram successfully performed a Kyphoplasty procedure on a 99-year-old woman diagnosed with broken vertebra (Spine fracture) recently. The 99-year-old lady was brought to the hospital with a spine fracture, she was frail and happened to fall at her house. Her broken vertebra was causing intense pain and limited her ability to take care of herself. The team was led by Dr. Arun Bhanot, Chief of Spine Services, and Dr. Ankush Garg, Senior Consultant, Spine Surgery, at Manipal Hospital, Gurugram.

    Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat compression fractures in the spine. In this procedure, a special bone cement is injected into the bone (vertebrae) of the back, that can usually break due to osteoporosis. Under local anesthesia, the doctors inject a biological bone cement through two tiny holes created in the back, each measuring 5 mm in diameter, to support and repair the fractured vertebra. The fracture gets stabilized, and the spine is supported as the cement hardens. This procedure can even be done early for patients with severe pain who become incapacitated due to pain and have to depend on other family members for taking care of their bare minimum daily needs.  The procedure not only relieves pain quickly but also allows these old patients to become mobile soon and be independent for their self care.

    Commenting on the procedure Dr. Ankush Garg, Senior Consultant, Spine Surgery, Manipal Hospital, Gurugram said, “The 99-year-old woman was brought at the hospital and after performing necessary investigations the woman was diagnosed with a compression fracture of the spinal vertebra. The procedure involves injecting bone cement into the broken vertebra that was done under constant X-ray control during the surgery. The treatment went smoothly and was carried out safely. Only a few hours after the procedure, the patient was able to stand and walk normally. In a few days, she was back to her pre-injury level of activity, performing all of her daily tasks independently”.

    Dr. Arun Bhanot, Chief of Spine Services, Manipal Hospital, Gurugram said, “At this advanced age, any major surgery poses a risk for old people. Previously, such patients required prolonged bed rest to allow the fracture to heal. However, with this advanced procedure, there is hardly any period of bed rest. After suffering a major spinal fracture at this age, such a positive outcome is uncommon, and it speaks a lot about the benefits of scientific advancements and the courage of this centenarian woman”

    Scientific developments in recent years can sometimes act as a revolutionary change, allowing people to recover from diseases in quick time and get back on their feet, giving them the dignity of not having to rely on others for self-care needs.


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