Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that the physicians at Spine Care Partners use to treat spinal compression fractures. This procedure aims to provide pain relief from the fracture, stabilize the affected vertebra, and restore the vertebra to its original form.
How Kyphoplasty Works
During this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision just over the affected area of the spine. Then, using advanced X-ray guidance, they will insert a thin tube onto one side of the compressed vertebrae.
During a balloon kyphoplasty, a small balloon will inflate to create a cavity where the surgeon will work. Other kyphoplasties may utilize a net or ball device to achieve the same effect.
The surgeon will inject a type of quick-hardening bone cement into the cavity to restore the height of the compressed vertebrae. This process may then be repeated on the other side to create uniformity.
Conditions Kyphoplasty Can Treat
Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat spinal compression fractures. Compression fractures may occur due to:
- Injuries to the spine (car accidents, falls, sporting injuries)
- Tumors in the spine
Am I a Good Candidate for Kyphoplasty?
Some mild cases of spinal compression fractures may heal on their own without the need for surgery. However, if the pain is severe and does not have a likelihood of healing on its own, then your doctor may recommend kyphoplasty.
Your doctor will perform a physical examination to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, may also be used to determine if kyphoplasty is the most appropriate treatment.