Kyphoplasty is a procedure that is used to fix compression fractures commonly associated with osteopenia/osteoporosis. It helps to relieve pain, stabilize the bone, and restore some or all of a damaged vertebra’s height.
How Kyphoplasty Works
Before the treatment: An interventional radiologist will examine you to be sure you are a good candidate for kyphoplasty. This examination involves an MRI to locate the spinal fractures.
During the treatment: A nurse will administer an IV and moderate sedation. Your doctor will then use image guidance to advance a needle into the fractured vertebra. Through the needle, a balloon will then be placed in the damaged bone and inflated to make space to inject medical, bone-grade cement, as well as to restore height. This cement fills in the fracture restoring stability to the bone. Then, your doctor will remove the needle.
After the treatment: Recovery is about an hour, sometimes less. Most patients start walking only an hour post-procedure, although talk to your doctor to see if you need to avoid certain activities like exercise. Your back may be a little sore, but it should only last a few days. Most of our patients say they have less pain immediately after kyphoplasty and for others, it can take around two days to a week for pain relief.
How long does the treatment take?
Some people have multiple levels needing treatment at the same time. Kyphoplasty usually takes around 30 minutes per fracture.
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