Betty Voiselle loves to read, decorate, and cook. But when her back pain became so overwhelming that she had trouble bending to pick up a casserole dish from her oven, she knew it was time to see a doctor.
Voiselle, 56, who is an RN at Gordon Home Care, had an X-ray taken of her back during a routine doctor’s appointment. That’s when her doctor spotted a compression fracture in her spine that had caused her spinal bones and nerves to push together.
Her doctor recommended a minimally invasive procedure known as KYPHON Kyphoplasty ®, which would help to re-inflate the portion of her spine that had been compressed.
“I’d met Dr. (Jon) Horn after taking care of some of his patients in home health, so when my doctor said you need Kyphoplasty, I wanted Dr. Horn to do it,” Voiselle said. “I was able to schedule an appointment with him after discussing the fracture and my treatment options.”
Jon Horn, MD, vascular and interventional radiologist at Gordon Hospital performed Voiselle’s procedure on May 26, a month after she was diagnosed. Dr. Horn first inserted two large needles into the site of the fracture. Then he guided two small balloons through the needles and expanded them to elevate the collapsed vertebrae. After removing the balloons, special orthopaedic cement was injected to help the spine stay in place.
“Interventional radiology is the best-kept secret in medicine,” Dr. Horn said. “By using image guidance, I only need to use tiny nicks in the skin, which brings recovery times and overall risks to a minimum.”
After the procedure, Voiselle even stopped for breakfast on her way home and returned to work a few days later. Today, she is pain-free.
“I’m amazed at how easy it was and how quickly the results manifested,” she said. “I would tell anyone that the solution is so easy, there’s no need to live with the pain.”
With interventional radiology procedures like Kyphoplasty, radiologists do not need to see directly into the area in which they are working. Instead, through tiny tools and catheters inserted at strategic points, a radiologist can watch from a monitor and manipulate instruments outside the patient’s body. In addition to Kyphoplasty, some of the other more common interventional radiology procedures include angioplasty, stent grafting, chemoembolization, and uterine fibroid embolization.
“We are very happy to provide patients with state-of-the-art imaging equipment that in addition to interventional radiology procedures, also helps us finely pinpoint tumors, blocked vessels, and more,” says Raina Sanford, MBA, RT, RDMS, RVT, director of radiology at Gordon Hospital. “Our cardiac catheterization suite, where interventional radiology procedures are performed, features a Siemans Artis Zee™ that provides 3D imaging and robotic-integrated movement. Gordon Hospital is the first hospital in North Georgia to offer patients access to this state-of-the-art equipment.”
Benefits from interventional radiology procedures include less stress to the body, less anesthesia, shorter hospital stay, and quicker recovery times, Dr. Horn explained.
“Radiology procedures performed at Gordon Hospital are allowing our patients to experience faster recoveries than ever before,” Dr. Horn added. “Gordon Hospital puts patients first, and we are committed to their comfort and health.”