A kyphoplasty procedure is performed for the purpose of alleviating pain due to a spinal compression fracture and as an effective treatment for kyphosis. Also known as a curvature in the spine, kyphosis may develop after a spinal compression fracture and can affect spinal height and posture. As a minimally invasive procedure, kyphoplasty works by placing a special balloon through a small incision in the patient’s back. The balloon is carefully filled with air to stabilize the fracture and return the bone to its proper position. After creating a cavity in the vertebrae, polymethylmethacrylate (a cement-like material) is used to stabilize the treated bone. Our team of pain management specialists at Tricity Pain Associates perform kyphoplasty procedures to properly secure compression fractures and reduce the pain associated with them. We invite you to learn more by contacting one of our Texas pain management facilities and scheduling an initial consultation with our team.
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An ideal candidate for kyphoplasty is a patient with an existing spinal compression fracture and may have developed kyphosis. Since a kyphoplasty procedure is unable to treat long-term deformities in the spine, it is crucial to receive medical care as soon as you notice a spinal fracture or an abnormality in the curvature of your spine. Typically, a spinal compression fracture is a result of osteoporosis, but it can also occur due to a variety of other conditions or because of a trauma or injury. In order to identify if you are a good candidate for a kyphoplasty procedure, our team of pain management specialists will conduct a thorough examination through a complete look at your medical history, evaluation of your symptoms, and spinal x-rays.
As an outpatient procedure, kyphoplasty may be performed under general or local anesthesia. To begin the procedure, a small incision will be made in the patient’s back. With the use of advanced imaging technology, a small tube will be used to insert a special type of balloon into position. The balloon will then be inflated before being removed. Next, the cement-like material will be injected into the cavity that was created by the balloon. For some patients, multiple vertebras may be treated in one procedure with the process taking about one hour per vertebra. Once the procedure is complete, the patient may need to be monitored overnight to ensure they heal properly and have no complications.
What to Expect
For many patients, they can expect to experience alleviation from discomfort in around 1 – 2 days after the procedure. A member of our pain management team will also provide you with any necessary aftercare instructions to ensure you heal properly. A follow-up appointment is also needed to evaluate your progress and make any needed adjustments to your treatment plan. Patients who have osteoporosis are likely to experience additional fractures in the future, even after kyphoplasty. If this occurs, then alternative forms of treatment may be considered.
Reduce Your Discomfort
A kyphoplasty procedure is able to reduce discomfort from a spinal compression fracture and correct kyphosis for a straighter spine. At Tricity Pain Associates, we work to help you experience restored comfort with this innovative treatment option. Contact one of our Texas pain management locations to learn more and to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled specialists.