Kyphoplasty treatment is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat compression fracture or a break in one of your vertebrae. Kyphoplasty usually performed with vertebroplasty. Doctors might recommend kyphoplasty treatment for cancer-damaged vertebrae, vertebrae collapse due to osteoporosis or in certain types of spinal fractures.
Like vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty also works by injecting special cement into your vertebrae but with the additional step of creating space for the treatment with a balloon like device. By kyphoplasty treatment one can restore a damaged vertebra’s height and it may also relieve pain.
Procedure of kyphoplasty:
The procedure will perform under the effect of local anesthetic. The kyphoplasty treatment procedure includes the following steps;
- At first, the surgeon inserts a hollow needle (trocar) into your skin. With the help of fluoroscopy, a type of X-ray, they guide the needle through your muscles and into the correct position in your bone.
- After that, surgeon inserts an inflatable balloon into the trocar.
- The balloon is then inflated to create the space needed for the bone cement.
- Once the space has opened up, the mixture is injected to fill it up. Imaging tests (x-ray) will help the surgeon in order to confirm that the mixture is distributed properly.
- Once the cement is in place, the needle is removed.
- The area is bandaged. Stitches won’t be necessary.
- Your IV and monitoring equipment are then removed.
The entire kyphoplasty treatment procedure will probably take less than an hour, but it may take longer to complete if more vertebrae have to treat.
After kyphoplasty treatment:
- You can start walking an hour after the procedure but it’s all depending on the severity and number of vertebrae treated. You may feel some soreness at the site where the needle entered your back, but this lasts no more than a few days. You may quickly notice that you have less pain after the kyphoplasty treatment procedure has done.
- Complete elimination of pain will occur within two days of surgery.
- Heavy lifting should be avoided for six weeks at least.
- Your doctor may suggest you to take certain vitamins, minerals and medications which help strengthen your bones and prevent additional spinal fractures.
Risks with kyphoplasty treatment:
Some disadvantages or risks associated with kyphoplasty treatment are;
- Increased back pain
- Tingling, numbness or weakness because of nerve damage
- Allergic reactions to chemicals used with X-rays to help guide the doctor
- Cement leaking out of position
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