Osteoporosis, which frequently leads to spine fractures, is a condition in which bones become thin and fragile. People may not know that they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a simple strain, twist of the body, bump or fall causes a bone fracture. Fractures may occur in the hip, wrist, ribs or elsewhere, but one of the more common sites is in the spine. Forty-four million Americans have thinning bones and are at increased risk for the disease. Of these 44 million, 10 million suffer from osteoporosis. Eighty percent of those who are at risk or affected by the disease are women. Osteoporosis causes more than 1.5 million fractures a year, of which 700,000 are spinal (vertebral) fractures.
- Being female
- Being thin or having a small frame
- Advanced age
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Being postmenopausal
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
- Anorexia or bulimia
- A diet low in calcium
- Long-term use of medications such as corticosteroids or anticonvulsants
- Lack of exercise
- Excessive use of alcohol
Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty are effective minimally invasive procedures which treat fractures of spinal vertebra usually caused by osteoporosis. A needle is inserted through the skin and into the fractured vertebra. A special medical grade bone cement is injected into the bone to stabilize it. Open surgery is not required because the interventional radiologist is able to guide the needle to the spot using special X-ray equipment. The procedure takes from one to two hours to perform, depending on how many bones are treated. Usually, the procedure is performed with mild sedation and local anesthesia. Most patients experience immediate pain relief after treatment. Many people can resume normal daily activities within hours to days after treatment.
My experience with staff and the doctor was wonderful. The facility was in excellent condition and very comfortable, easily located and accessible. The ease of making appointments, the feeling that someone actually cared and how I felt and wanted to make my quality of life better.
I am so glad I found my way here. The staff at VIA go out of their way to assist, answer questions and make you feel comfortable.
Staff is attentive, warm & caring. They will do everything they can to help. They attended to a cut I had on my leg and helped me get my stockings on. The doctor even had a good laugh at something said, and made a difference in the whole experience.
I would encourage them to go for consultation. The treatment and technology are incredible. The staff- always friendly and professional- Also the explaining about what was being done to a point I could understand.
I am so grateful. The doctor and the staff are caring and compassionate, but best- competent and successful! Testing is done to validate both symptoms and results. I would recommend them very highly.
I would tell them not to hesitate to pick up the phone and make the call, set up an appointment, and get started with a treatment plan. The staff will make you feel comfortable and welcome and will take great care of you. Everyone from Dr. Iqbal to Dawn the receptionist, to the "nurses in the kitchen"! They are all fun, down to earth, kind, compassionate, and sincere.
Thank you for making my experience superior!
Go-you wont be disappointed! I felt better the next day.
The staff doing my procedure was exceptional. Over the top. Russ, Stephanie, Christie and Erica were great in making me feel comfortable and taking care of me. Thank you for everything!
Go- Don't wait. They will do everything they can to help. They are attentive, warm & caring. Very friendly. The girls at the front desk greet you with a smile and it continues from there. All in all- it is a great practice all around.
Kerry- Ultrasound Tech- extraordinaire! Applause!
The ultra sounds techs are the BEST- highly trained and significant to the procedure as they direct the doctor as he works.
My mother has improved 100%! I wouldn't go anywhere else for this procedure, I myself will be returning for my veins. The doctor and all associates at this facility are not only friendly and courteous but I feel as if each patient is taken care of as if he or she were a family member! Dr. Iqbal goes to every extreme to care for his patients!
Walking better, feeling better. All the nicest people.
Get it done!! Wow!!!
I really enjoy the staff and would highly recommend setting up and appointment sooner than later. The friendliness & patience of the staff at VIA is exceptional.
What has pleased me most is the caring that every member of the practice shows their patients at every visit. It is not easy to have something wrong with you, so having those who take care of you show you respect and concern is calming and rare.
It has been made apparent by both Dr. Iqbal and his staff's actions that the patient is number one.