Dr. Finkenberg explains how kyphoplasty surgery can help minimize pain from fractures in the spine.
The whole concept or thought process behind osteoporotic fractures causing pain is that we think they result in a chemical inflammation in the region. And there are multiple branches to nerve roots, and these branches are excited and that creates the painful feeling. If somehow we can decrease that inflammation by developing some stability in that area, then the chances of improving that person’s discomfort is great.
The bone cement basically becomes hard within 20 minutes, and it’s significantly harder actually than bone, and that will give somebody the stability they need when they sit or stand.
About Dr. Finkenberg, M.D.
Dr. John Finkenberg has been in practice at Alvarado Hospital for 16 years. He completed his undergraduate and medical degree at UCLA. Following his orthopedic residency at Harbor/UCLA, he received fellowship training in Advanced Spinal Reconstruction Surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Maryland.
Dr. Finkenberg’s great interest in the advancement of spinal surgery developed from 15 years as a spine consultant assisting with the creation of new technology and procedures. He is a primary investigator for multi-center national research studies and lectures around the world on current research projects.