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Kyphoplasty (Vertebroplasty)

About the treatment

Kyphoplasty, also known as Vertebroplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat spinal compression fractures causing severe back pain. Spinal compression fractures can be caused by a variety of health issues including osteoporosis or even trauma. This procedure is ideal for treating compression fractures due to its low risk for complication and quick turnaround time for the return to regular activity. It can provide immediate pain relief as well as bone stabilization.
Kyphoplasty is performed while the patient is under conscious sedation in an outpatient setting. The procedure involves inserting and inflating a small balloon inside damaged vertebrae, then delivering a cement-like substance. This requires a special tool used to deliver bone cement to the affected vertebrae, create stabilization and reduce pain. The cement-like substance stabilizes the fracture allowing for the inner bone to strengthen and heal. The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour pending the number of vertebrae that need to be treated. This procedure generally allows patients to get back to their normal day-to-day activities shortly after due to quick pain relief.

After the treatment

The procedure sites may be sore or mildly uncomfortable for a few days before resolving. If severe pain continues past a few days a complication such as infection, hematoma, or a cement leak may be present however this is uncommon. One to two percent of patients will have a transient increase in pain after the kyphoplasty that is usually benign and is sufficiently treated by analgesics however, pain relief is usually immediate.
Lifting objects heavier than 5 pounds should be avoided for three months or as directed by your physician. After three months and release by the physician, patients can gradually increase lifting to normal. Walking and weight-bearing exercises are encouraged and bending can be done normally. Your Desert Pain Specialists provider may also prescribe a fitted back brace to decrease the chance of developing kyphosis and help with any additional pain.

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