Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Osteoporosis Center in Tulsa

Since 1996, the late Dr. David Browning set the gold standard for ostoeporosis care in Tulsa through Diagnostica Osteoporosis Center.

Advance Imaging (AI), a full service radiology clinic located at 6757 S. Yale in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has recently acquired the bone density scanner from Diagnostica and the practice associated with Dr. Browning. This practice includes one of the leading bone density scanners in Tulsa.

With this acquisition, we are now able to provide comprehensive management of the patient with osteoporosis at one location. Dr. Webb's patients can now have their bone density tests done at the same location. This also means that Dr. Browning's patient can continue to have their examinations performed and read on the same machine and with the same experienced personnel, with their previous studies available for direct comparison.

For more information or to schedule a bone density test, call (918)260-9322 and ask for Lisa.


Janemarie said...

I have had a fractured T12 for 2 months, and am waiting for approval for Kyphoplasty procedure. Will this procedure still relieve my pain after 2 months? Also, I cannot lay on my back or stomach because of extreme pain in the vertebra. How would they proceed with this procedure? I have also heard recent negative comments about the procedure and different trial studies. What is your opinion? And is surgery ever recommended, and how difficult is this?
Thank you for helping me in this.

James Webb, MD said...

If the pain is from the fracture, vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty will relieve the pain in about 93% of patients.

In my experience of treating hundreds of patients each year, the time since the fracture does not affect the success rate. Typically, with conservative therapy, pain will either resolve or continue with time. We have routinely treated fractures that were 10, 20, and 30 years old with success for pain relief.

Based on the facts that you have a T12 fracture and are still having pain despite conservative therapy, the procedure should help.

In my opinion, surgery should only rarely be considered in patients with osteoporosis. It is a waste of medical resources and only adds increased risk, cost and recovery time. VP/KP, on the other hand take about 15 minutes in experienced hands and recover is typically very quick. Moreover, pain relief is immediate in most cases.

If someone is suggesting surgery (like rods and screws) you should get a second opinion. There are some reasons you might have surgery, but these are very uncommon.

Also, be sure to ask your doctor how much experience they have before you let them do a procedure. A good question is how many of these procedures they have done in the last month. More experienced specialists will have fixed 10 or more in the last month. Someone who has only done 1 or 2 (or none) recently might be less experienced.

If you have more specific questions, feel free to contact our office at (918) 260-9322.

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