What is kyphoplasty?
A compression fracture or a break in one of your vertebra can be painful. It can also make it difficult to move freely. That’s because a break can result in bone fragments rubbing against each other.
Surgery can help treat such fractures. For example, kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is often performed. Usually, it can be done without a hospital stay.
Kyphoplasty makes room for a cement mixture to be injected into the bone to give it strength. In this procedure, a doctor inserts and inflates a balloon to create an opening for the mixture. The balloon is removed after the cement is injected. Kyphoplasty is sometimes referred to as balloon vertebroplasty.
This procedure is more likely to be successful if done within two months of a fracture diagnosis. It can help relieve pain and improve mobility when other measures fail to provide relief.
Candidates for kyphoplasty
This procedure can be effective in treating people whose bones are weakened by cancer or whose vertebrae collapse due to osteoporosis, a disease that causes loss of bone density.
Kyphoplasty is used to mend recent fractures. However, it is not used as a preventive technique, even for osteoporosis. As well, it is usually not advised for herniated disks, back arthritis, or curvature of the spine due to scoliosis.
This procedure has not been extensively tested in younger, otherwise healthy people. The long-term effects of the bone cement aren’t known, so these procedures are generally reserved for older people. For more information on Kyphoplasty, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI.