It's still July and I was just getting things ready for my vacation. Thinking about the "Letter K" I was going to miss. But then I have a new word I wanted to share: kyphoplasty. It's so new, Google doesn't know how to spell it. I've been told the EU is familiar with this procedure. It's just been approved in the US. Lucky me, for that at least!
Kyphoplasty is the surgery used to fix my broken vertebrae. I think it was # T12. I've told a few people what happened, but this is the medicine description (the first animated photo will make sense after this explanation): An incision was made and they placed a narrow tube using fluoroscopy to guide the tube to the correct position. Then using x-ray images, a special balloon was inserted. They inflated the balloon, returning the pieces of my vertebrae back to its "normal" position. When the balloon was removed, the doctor filled the cavity with a cement called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). It hardened and stabilized the bone.
The procedure took 20-30 minutes, I was told, but was at the local Outpatient Surgery for the whole afternoon. Thanks Doctor Schutz!
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