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Minimally invasive fracture fixation

Keyhole surgery to repair spinal fractures

HCA UK has the expert knowledge and facilities to deliver minimally invasive fracture fixation

About

Fracture repair surgery may be used to try to provide pain relief, restore mobility and improve quality of life. Minimally invasive spinal fracture fixation requires the use of special instrumentation whereby small incisions are made to put screws and rods in place to hold the fracture stable while it heals. The healing for each patient will vary based on their individual condition.

Need to know

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    Relatively small incisions will be made in the back over the site of the fracture under X-ray or CT scan guidance. Computer navigation (image guidance) is also used to guide the placement of instruments.

    Depending on your condition, it may be necessary to use rods and screws to stabilise the spine or to immobilise the spine so that the bones fuse (knit together).

    Minimally invasive fracture repairs can be faster, safer and require less recovery time. The potential benefits are:

    • less blood loss
    • reduced risk of muscle damage as less or no cutting of the muscle is required
    • reduced risk of infection
    • less pain following the procedure
    • faster recovery from surgery
    • less rehabilitation required

     

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    Your consultant will explain your minimally invasive fracture fixation procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. 

    Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. You may also be asked to attend a nurse led pre assessment clinic.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
     
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    You'll be offered pain relief while you're in hospital. Be prepared to use pain relief for a few weeks afterwards as your body recovers. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, but it usually takes up to six weeks. Make sure you get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity. You will also need to avoid driving for a few weeks – ask your consultant and your insurance company what they advise. It is important to try and regain your mobility when you feel well enough. You should try and take short walks in the first few days after surgery and build up to longer distances.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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