I really can only describe the actual procedure to you. The physician
inserts a needle into your back at the level of the fracture, feeds a small
catheter through it until he can visualize (uses fluoroscopy) the actual
fracture, then injects a small amount of adhesive directly into it.
Afterwards you lay flat for about one hour before going home. I remember
having considerable discomfort on the 1-1/2 hour ride home in the car, but
as soon as I was laying down again it was gone. The next day I was fine.
The fracture has caused me no more pain. However, I do suffer from
spondolethesis which is a narrowing of the foramens where the nerves feed
through, and arthritis in the facet joints. These cause me considerable
pain when I stand or walk for any long period of time. It is not the same
pain that I had from the fracture. It can be relieved by resting and pain
meds. I certainly understand not wanting to give up the grandchildren time.
Mine are about the same ages and the last time I visited them (4 hours
away), it was difficult to pick up and walk with the youngest who weighs
about 22 pounds. He’s quite the wiggle worm and is a challenge for me. Good
luck with whatever you decide.