What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to address damaged vertebrae. During this procedure, a small surgical balloon is utilized by your doctor to carefully open and expand the compromised vertebrae, restoring them to their original dimensions. Subsequently, a specialized bone cement is introduced to fortify and rejuvenate the spine.

Understanding the Impact of Compression Fractures

Compression fractures are common back injuries characterized by the weakening and collapsing of one or more vertebrae. These fractures can inflict intense pain, restrict mobility, lead to spinal deformities, and result in a loss of height.

The Kyphoplasty Procedure

Before recommending kyphoplasty, your doctor conducts a thorough assessment, including a physical examination and diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays or MRIs, to identify and pinpoint the damaged vertebrae.

Alleviate Institute of Spine and Pain prepare you for kyphoplasty by establishing an IV to administer anesthesia, anti-nausea medication, and antibiotics. You assume a prone position during the procedure, and your physician initiates by administering a local anesthetic to your back.

Using fluoroscopy, a specialized X-ray technique, your doctor guides a hollow needle through your skin and into the compromised vertebrae. A medical balloon is then introduced through the hollow needle and inflated within the vertebra, effectively creating space and restoring its original shape and size.

Following the balloon’s deflation and removal, your physician injects bone cement through the hollow needle into the vertebra. Upon completing the procedure, the needle is removed, and the injection site is bandaged.

Recovery After Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty typically lasts about an hour for a single vertebra. After the surgery, you will be observed during recovery and encouraged to move around as the effects of the anesthesia wear off. Your doctor provides personalized guidance on physical activity and post-surgery pain management. In most cases, over-the-counter pain relievers and the application of ice packs are sufficient to manage discomfort.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a valuable treatment option for repairing damaged vertebrae and alleviating associated pain. It is particularly beneficial for patients with osteoporosis or those who have experienced bone weakening due to cancer treatments. It is important to note that kyphoplasty is not intended for preventive purposes or to address conditions like herniated discs, arthritis, or scoliosis.

If you are experiencing back pain caused by compression fractures in your vertebrae, reach out to Alleviate Institute of Spine and Pain or schedule an online consultation today to determine if kyphoplasty is an appropriate solution for you.