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Hi. I’m new to the site and am interested in treating osteoperosis. I’m 39 yo and recently had a bone density that showed I’m at -2.4. So, going through the intial “I can’t believe it” stuff. 🙂
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Is that the T score or the Z score?
I just heard of success w/ a new fusion technique using a CT scan during the operation to treat spondylothentisis (displacement of vertebrae); does anyone know if this treatment can be applied to vertebrae broken due to osteoporosis?
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Hello @cynthia1, and welcome to Connect. I moved your discussion and combined it with a very extensive discussion regarding treating osteoporosis in the Bones, Joints & Muscles group on Mayo Clinic Connect. I moved your discussion here because there is a long list of other members talking about treatments for Osteoporosis.
@cynthia1, would you care to talk a little bit more about the fusion technique you have heard about? What is the technique called? Is it a treatment that you have discussed with your physician?
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Thank you for moving my discussion to the appropriate spot. I didn’t see osteoporosis listed so went w/”chronic pain.” This fusion procedure for my neighbor’s vetebrae I just heard about yesterday so haven’t discussed it w/an MD who knows my condition. She explained that the spine is repositioned the way it’s supposed to be, and wires/screws are used which do not need to be removed. Muscles are not cut. My bones probably aren’t strong enough to withstand this idea. I don’t have a name for the procedure other than “fusion.” In 4-6 mos the patient will be able to go skiing! The need for this stems from an accident at age 7.
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Is there a spinal fusion procedure that would work w/ compression fractures of thoracic spine?
The compression fractures are due to osteoporosis.
I would like to bring @suee, @amy75, and @grammyx4 in to the conversation as they have spoke about spinal fusions in the past and may be able to offer more information on if a spinal fusion procedure would work for a compression fracture.
@cynthia, when you first mentioned this procedure you were unsure of the name of the technique. Did you learn the name of this procedure from your physician? Is this a surgery that has been recommended to you?
I haven’t yet talked to my MD about it; I head about it from a neighbor who just had a success w/the procedure this wk though her spinal problem is different from mine. When I called the dr’s office, I was told he does see patients w/osteoporosis, but my appt isn’t until Apr. I just wondered if anyone knew anything about the possibilities w/my challenge.
Thank you for the extra information @cynthia1. I am glad to hear that you do have an appointment, even though April can seem like a long time to wait. I have tagged other members who have had a spinal fusion, hopefully they can add some incite in to the question that you are seeking an answer to.
Thank you, Justin, for your effort!
Hi Cynthia, I had a spinal disk fusion in my lower back due to degenerative arthritis in the disk. My surgery was a total success, the surgeons attached a “cage” to my spine with rods and screws to help support the fusion. I no longer have back pain, but I did suffer spontaneous fractures due to osteoporosis in my pelvic area this last July. I was told by my orthopedic surgeon that there was nothing to be done for them, that they would have to heal on their own. I did however, have a steroid injection in my saccarilyic joint to help relieve some of the pain. That was a Godsend as I was having to walk with a walker. And I’m a young 61 year old!!! I hope that you find relief for your pain, finding the right doctor and team is essential. Good luck and prayers for you!
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@predictable I agree, I checked the website also and it did not seem to be what I expected.
Thank you for your response, Grammy. More to investigate, thanks to you!
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