Back At Work: Kyphoplasty

jo anne basanez backgroundJo Anne Basanez never let her age slow her down. At 82 , she works in her Slidell gift shop, Accents & Things 5 days a week and enjoys life with her husband of 63 years.

But the cat got in the way. Joanne tripped over a cat in the yard and immediately suffered excruciating pain. She was bedridden for three days before finally seeing Neurosurgeon Justin Owen at Culicchia Neurological Clinic’s Slidell office.

“The moment I saw Ms. Basanez’s fracture on her films, I knew she was the perfect candidate for Kyphoplasty,” Dr. Owen said. He wasted no time getting her into surgery that afternoon. In a minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Owen inserted a single instrument into the vertebral space and basically cemented the fracture.

“I felt better immediately,” Ms. Basanez recalls. “I was back at work within two days. The pain was gone.”

In this video, Dr. Owen discusses the benefits of Kyphoplasty and who is best suited for the procedure.

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