Indian doctors perform surgery to relieve elderly osteoporosis patient

Doctors from Bangaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, recently performed a pinhole - sutureless - spine surgery on a 75-year-old woman with osteoporosis.

Express Health reports that the women, named Akkamma, was bedridden for over three months as a result of spinal fractures. When she came to BGS Global Hospital in Bangaluru she had severe back pain. X-rays revealed that she had two fracture in the spinal column because of osteoporosis.

"Of osteoporosis-related fractures, spinal bone compression fractures are the most common, affecting about 15 million Indians every year. Fractures may cause spinal deformity, severe back pain and bed-ridden state as in Akkamma's case," Dr Arun L. Naik, consultant neurosurgeon, told the news source.

According to Dr N.K. Venkataramana, chief neurosurgeon, traditional treatment of compression fractures has included bed rest, pain medications, bracing, and in some cases surgery.

Approximately eight million women and two million men have osteoporosis in the U.S., according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Another 34 million Americans are estimated to have low bone mass and are at higher risk for osteoporosis.