Kyphoplasty is an outpatient procedure for patients who have spinal compression fractures – from either cancer-damaged vertebrae or certain spinal fractures – and have not responded to conservative treatments for their back pain. Kyphoplasty is a spinal procedure in which bone cement is injected directly into fractured, collapsed, cracked, or compressed vertebra with the goal of alleviating pain.
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Kyphoplasty Is Performed To Reduce Pain Related To A Vertebral Compression Fracture
Kyphoplasty also referred to as balloon-assisted vertebroplasty, is a procedure which involves reinforcing a fractured vertebra with a medical-grade acrylic cement. A Board-Certified Anesthesiologist will deliver medication through an IV to either relax you or put you to sleep. With the assistance of a live x-ray called fluoroscopy for proper guidance, the doctor will advance a needle directly into the fractured vertebra and insert a balloon, creating a space for injection of the acrylic cement. This technique is similar to a standard vertebroplasty, but instead, the inflation of the balloon may result in an increase in the vertebral body height. This procedure is typically completed in less than 30 minutes. Some of the benefits of this procedure include it being performed in an outpatient setting, and that most patients will notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms.
Conditions Treated With Kyphoplasty
Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty treatments are procedures performed to reduce pain related to a vertebral compression fracture. Some conditions put people at increased risk of having a compression fracture.
If you have the following conditions you could be a candidate for Kyphoplasty:
- Bone cancer metastasis resulting in cracked or collapsed vertebrae
- Vertebral/spine fracture
- Compression fractures