Kyphoplasty Is Performed To Reduce Pain Related To A Vertebral Compression Fracture
Kyphoplasty is a procedure for patients who have painful spinal compression fractures from either fall, trauma or osteoporosis. Patients usually experience severe back pain that is exacerbated by movement or deep breathing. As we age, the bones in our body become weaker and more fragile, which can lead to compression fractures in the spine. Osteoporosis is a bone weakening condition that is the most common cause of spinal fractures. These fractures at typically very painful, severely limiting function and quality of life.
During the kyphoplasty procedure, cement is injected directly into fractured, collapsed, cracked, or compressed vertebra with the goal of alleviating pain. This procedure stabilizes the fracture, and allows healing to begin.
The procedure is done with IV anesthesia for patient comfort. With the assistance of a live x-ray called fluoroscopy for proper guidance, a pain management specialist will advance a needle directly into the fractured vertebra and insert a balloon, which will create the space required for the injection of cement. This procedure is not typically painful and is typically completed in less than 30 minutes. Most patients will notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms.
We offer kyphoplasy treatment in our Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. We are in network to most health insurance plans.
If you’re seeking help with severe back pain, please contact us at 929-363-0303 or book your appointment online today.
The Kyphoplasty Procedure
- Before the procedure starts an Anesthesiologist will insert in IV and will give you light anesthesia to help you relax, and to ensure that your experience is safe and pleasant.
- During the procedure, a small incision will be made in the skin of your back to allow the physician to insert an introducer (a specialized needle) into the fractured vertebral body.
- Using Xray guidance the cavity will be created in the vertebral body to restore the height of the vertebrae. This is usually done with a special balloon or another instrument that allows the height to get restored. This proceed will allow the vertebra to become more stabilized.
- Once the cavity is created a cement called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is delivered through a special cannula into the cavity under low pressure. The cement hardens almost immediately, thus stabilizing the fracture.
- Once the cement is delivered all the instruments will be removed and a band-aid will be applied.
- You will be taken to the recovery room for post-operative observation. Most patients will go home within 60 minutes.
Conditions Treated With Kyphoplasty
Kyphoplasty 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 and severe back pain secondary to a compression fracture, you could be a candidate for Kyphoplasty:
- Bone cancer metastasis resulting in cracked or collapsed vertebrae
- Vertebral/spine fracture
- Compression fractures
Is Kyphoplasty Covered by Insurance?
Yes, kyphoplasy is covered by all health insurance plans.
If you are having severe back pain, let our back pain specialists make the proper diagnosis and offer appropriate treatment. Please contact us at 929-363-0303 or book your appointment online today.
- 1199 SEIU Funds
- BlueCross BlueShield
- New York State: The Empire Plan
- Consolidated Health Plans
- Fidelis Care
- HIP – Emblem Health
- Meritain Health
- MetroPlus Health Plan
- Oxford Health Plans
- United Healthcare