Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed to reduce pain related to a lumbar or thoracic compression fractures. Fixing the broken vertebrae produces significant pain relief, and allows the patient to return to normal activities. Most patients will notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms.
Kyphoplasty is a treatment option for patients who have painful spinal compression fractures from either fall, trauma or osteoporosis. This is a minimally invasive procedure and is not considered surgery. There is no incision as the procedure is done through a tiny hole in the skin. Patients are discharged home an hour after the procedure.
As we age, the bones in our body become weaker and more fragile, which can lead to fractures in the spine. Osteoporosis is a bone weakening condition that is the most common cause of spinal fractures. Patients with a compression fracture experience severe back pain that is exacerbated by movement or deep breathing. These fractures are typically extremely 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.
A thorough medical examination and imaging review prior to the procedure are done to ensure that you are the right candidate. We encourage you to ask questions and become educated about your condition prior to the procedure.