What is a Kyphoplasty?
The goal of a kyphoplasty procedure is to stabilize the vertebrae and ease the pain caused by a spinal fracture. These fractures can be caused by a variety of injuries and ailments, though some of the most common are osteoporosis, tumors and sudden or unexpected traumas. This procedure is typically performed under local or general anesthesia and takes about one hour to perform for each fractured vertebra within the spine.
At Minimally Invasive SpineCARE®, our focus is on the most advanced and least invasive procedures available today. Our expert back and spine surgeons typically perform kyphoplasty using specially designed minimally invasive instruments through a small incision. Most patients report immediate alleviation of pain, though some may require a day or two post-surgery to realize maximized pain relief.
Our Treatment Approach
Minimally Invasive SpineCARE®’s back and spine physicians usually perform kyphoplasty procedures using the following steps:
- Specially designed surgical instruments are inserted into a small incision made, and then placed into the fractured backbone to create a working channel.
- An inflatable, balloon-like device is carefully guided into the affected vertebrae. The surgeon gently inflates it, which elevates the fracture and creates a small cavity.
- The device is deflated and the open cavity is filled with a cement-like substance that quickly hardens, stabilizing the fractured vertebra and providing rapid pain relief.
- The desired end result of a kyphoplasty procedure is alleviation of pain and discomfort, increased mobility, restored vertebral body height and a newly stabilized spine.
Our focus on minimally invasive methods means that patients typically experience shortened recovery times and rapid pain relief that allows them to return to their daily activities sooner than later. Contact Minimally Invasive SpineCARE® today to find out more about the cutting-edge procedures that we perform and if you may be a candidate for kyphoplasty.