Kyphoplasty is one of the latest minimally invasive procedures designed to treat back pain. This procedure can treat vertebral compression fractures typically caused by osteoporosis by easing pain and mobility issues while improving quality of life. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers the innovative kyphoplasty for men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, Georgia.
What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a fairly new surgical procedure that stabilizes a compression fracture of the vertebra. Sometimes called balloon vertebroplasty, this procedure is minimally invasive and is performed through a small puncture or tiny incision. Bone cement is injected into a vertebra that has been damaged or fractured by osteoporosis, bone cancer, or severe trauma. The cement hardens quickly to stabilize the vertebra, improve mobility, and ease pain.
Kyphoplasty is very similar to another procedure called vertebroplasty, except it uses a balloon first which is inflated in the vertebral body to create a cavity for the bone cement.
How is Kyphoplasty Procedure Performed in Brunswick?
Kyphoplasty in Brunswick begins with local anesthetic to the treatment area and light sedation. Using x-ray guidance called fluoroscopy, your surgeon will carefully insert a needle into the damaged vertebra and inflate a balloon that helps return the vertebra’s normal shape and height. This balloon also creates a void into which your physician injects bone cement.
The bone cement known as PMMA will be injected to fill cracks and voids in the bone much like an internal cast. It takes only 10 minutes for the cement to harden to stabilize the bone.
In most cases, kyphoplasty takes less than an hour. You will be monitored for a short period of time after the procedure as the sedatives and anesthetic wear off and the cement hardens. Kyphoplasty complications are rare and similar to other surgical procedures including adverse reaction to anesthesia and embolism. You can return home same-day but someone else will need to drive you.
Who is a Good Candidate for Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is typically recommended to speed healing of vertebral compression fractures or vertebrae that have been damaged by cancer. This procedure is considered generally effective and safe to repair compression fractures in elderly people with very quick pain relief, earlier mobilization, and without the complications of long-term bed rest.
You can find out if you are a candidate for kyphoplasty by scheduling a consultation at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia.
What is Recovery Like After Kyphoplasty?
This procedure typically offers a very short recovery period. Kyphoplasty precautions typically include one day of light activity or bed rest before slowly returning to normal activities. You will likely experience tenderness of the injection or incision site for a few days but ice packs can help. You can expect pain relief from kyphoplasty in one to three days.
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers the latest pain relief techniques like kyphoplasty to patients of Kingsland and Brunswick, Georgia. If you believe you may benefit from kyphoplasty to treat a vertebral compression fracture or damaged vertebra, contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.