Spinal fracture treatment – surgery isn’t always necessaryWe generally treat milder injuries to the spinal column using conservative methods – in other words, without surgery. However, when an individual vertebra is displaced or destroyed, for example, this may cause nerve or spinal cord injuries in the worst cases. In these instances, surgical treatment is necessary to restore the stability, load-bearing capacity and shape of the spine as quickly as possible.
Conservative treatment methods
Cervical spine fracture: treatment without surgeryIf the injury is stable, it is immobilised using a soft cervical collar (support made of especially sturdy foam) for six weeks. In addition, we prescribe accompanying physiotherapy.
Thoracic or lumbar spine fracture: treatment without surgeryIf we can rule out any future misalignment or nerve damages, we do not use surgery to treat injuries in the thoracic or lumbar spine region.
Surgical treatment methods
Spinal fracture surgery: recovery timeThe recovery time after surgery depends on the injury. A stable spinal fracture may heal in 6 to 12 weeks. Depending on the amount of pain, patients can sometimes stand up again immediately after. For unstable fractures, the recovery time is dependent on many different factors. It varies from patient to patient. We guide you through the full treatment process and help you achieve a speedy recovery.
Thoracic or lumbar spine fracture: surgical treatment
Around 80% of the load on our spine is carried by our frontal vertebrae. If an injury causes one or more vertebrae to be destroyed, these will need to be rebuilt through surgery. Thanks to modern spinal surgery methods, we can now correct and stabilise even the most severe injuries so that you can quickly become mobile and your spine can bear weight again.
Endoscopic methods relieve the spinal column.
We carry out spinal column surgery using thoracoscopic surgical methods, meaning that only very small skin incisions are required. Our specialists use a special navigation system to operate with precision. We remove the broken spinal column pieces and torn discs. We then replace them with a titanium cage filled with endogenous bone substance, or with pieces of bone. A titanium plate is screwed onto the spinal column to further improve stability. Thanks to the small incisions, you’ll feel very little pain after the procedure. You’ll recover quicker and be mobile earlier. After a few months, the scars will barely be visible.