Her 1st FALL- Compression Fracture of L1. A "Kyphoplasty" procedure is a (Balloon+Cement) injection into L1.
She lives in ALZ Memory Care facility- She is very mobile and still toilets, dresses self etc. Now in much pain -- 2 weeks since fall- Portable Xray showed (No Fracture) so last week I took her out to MRI. *That is a story for another post!! Anyhow, the Dr says she is a perfect candidate for this procedure-- Would provide about 90% pain relief in a very quick outcome. There will be a twilight anesthesia used and its outpatient but could stay overnight if needed. I am concerned about her pain..Getting out of bed and up/down the worse..But walking hurts terrible too- She didn't want to get up out of bed this morning and was hurting too much to want to eat. (THATS BAD) for her.. If I don't go with the procedure- it could take months to heal and she would be in terrible pain like this and decline physically-due to uncooperative - poor quality due to pain. Can't give a lot of drugs for pain.. might fall again with either of these choices.. But less likely if go with procedure.. (SIGH) so hard to make these decisions.. But Im leaning towards DOING the procedure.. because she will feel better.. I don't want her in pain. ANY INSIGHTS, Experiences or comments-- THANKS! Daughter who loves Mommie and wants whats best for her .. :-)