Winter 2005
Osteoporosis and Spine Fractures: Get Immediate, Lasting Back Pain Relief—from a Balloon!

Each year, 700,000 Americans suffer back pain from spine fractures caused by osteoporosis. Are you, or do you know, one of them? Does the pain keep you from playing with your grandkids, taking those long healthy walks with your spouse, volunteering at your place of worship? Have you tried drugs, bed rest, and braces for your pain, with no luck? Relief is as close as Bridgeport Hospital!

What Is Osteoporosis?

" Osteoporosis is a disease that makes the vertebrae—the bones in your spine—fragile and likely to break," explains spine surgeon Robert V. Dawe, MD, chief of orthopedic surgery at Bridgeport Hospital. "These breaks, called vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), can cause back pain so severe that it keeps you from doing the things you love."

Left untreated, VCFs can also lead to that curved back called "dowager’s hump." This causes a loss of height and a hunched-over appearance. Worse, it compresses the organs in your chest, making it hard to breathe, eat—even sleep!

A collapsed vertebra Baloon placement and inflation. Cement holds the vertebra in place.
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An Amazing Balloon!

Balloon kyphoplasty (kye-foe-plas-tee) is a minimally invasive (small incisions) procedure now being performed by the experts at Bridgeport Hospital. In this procedure, a balloon is inserted into the fractured bone and inflated. Special cement is then used to fill the hollow where the balloon was, to return the bone to its normal position. Result: Effective, lasting, usually immediate relief from the back pain of osteoporosis—plus a healthier body!

Sound hard to believe? Ask for a free booklet, "Balloon Kyphoplasty," which explains this new procedure and shows how it works. Just call Bridgeport Hospital, 24/7, at 1-888-357-2396. You’ll feel like flying balloons in no time!