Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures in the spinal column, which are a common result of osteoporosis. Your doctor may use imaging guidance to inject a cement mixture into the fractured bone (vertebroplasty) or insert a balloon into the fractured bone to create a space and then fill it with cement (kyphoplasty). Following the procedure, about 75% of patients regain lost mobility and become more active.
Your doctor will likely first evaluate your condition using diagnostic imaging or a physical exam and will instruct you on how to prepare. Your doctor may advise you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or blood thinners several days prior to your procedure and instruct you not to eat or drink anything several hours beforehand.
What are some common uses of the procedures?
Kyphoplasty is used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures in the spine, most often the result of osteoporosis.
Typically, kyphoplasty is recommended after less invasive treatments, such as bed rest, a back brace or pain medication, have been ineffective. Kyphoplasty can be performed immediately in patients with problematic pain requiring hospitalization or for conditions that limit bed rest and pain medications.
Kyphoplasty is also performed on patients who:
- are elderly or frail and will likely have impaired bone healing after a fracture
- have vertebral compression due to a malignant tumor
- suffer from osteoporosis due to long-term steroid treatment or a metabolic disorder
Kyphoplasty should be completed within eight weeks of the acute fracture for the highest probability of successful treatment.
For more information on Kyphoplasty, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in South Kingstown, RI.