Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery performed to treat compression fractures in the spine. These fractures often occur as the result of osteoporosis but are also associated with spinal tumors and traumatic injuries. Kyphoplasty is performed to ease back pain caused by compression fractures and to stabilize the bones affected by the fractures. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia and generally takes about an hour to complete. If your spine surgeon has recommended a kyphoplasty for you, here is a look at what you can expect.
Kyphoplasty Surgery Preparation
First, your spine surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for kyphoplasty through imaging tests and an evaluation of your symptoms. Spinal deformities that are not associated with compression fractures cannot be treated with kyphoplasty, and some patients with severe osteoporosis will not benefit from the procedure. To get the best possible results, your surgeon should perform your kyphoplasty within eight weeks of your compression fracture.
Kyphoplasty Surgery Procedure
Your surgeon will administer either local or general anesthesia, depending on your needs, and make a small incision into which he or she will place a small tube. The tube is then guided to the location of the fracture using imaging tools for guidance. A deflated balloon is threaded through the tube to the injury and then inflated to alleviate the compression. The balloon is then removed and special cement is placed in the space created by the balloon to stabilize injured bone.
Spine Surgery Recovery
Many patients experience immediate pain relief after their procedures, while others have a gradual reduction in symptoms. Generally, an overnight stay in the hospital is required, and patients can resume their normal activities when they return home. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for six weeks.
The Spine Institute of Nevada is pleased to offer kyphoplasty as a minimally invasive surgery in Las Vegas for patients who are experiencing back pain caused by compression fractures. For more information, call (702) 239-3787.