What is Kyploplastly?

KyphoplastyKyphoplasty addresses the pain and deformity from compression fractures and is designed to stop the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture.
During kyphoplasty surgery, a small incision is made in the back through which the back doctor places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area through the pedicle of the involved vertebrae.

Using X-ray images, the doctor inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, returning the pieces to a more normal position. It also compacts the soft inner bone to create a cavity inside the vertebrae. The balloon is removed and the doctor uses specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity After being injected, is hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.

Benefits of Kyphoplasty

  • Significant improvements in quality of life.
  • Improved ability to perform activities of daily living, such as walking, hobbies and work.
  • Significant reduction in number of days where pain interfered with daily activities.

When is Kyphoplasty Recommended?

  • Kyphoplasty procedure can treat a fracture from osteoporosis and is performed under local anesthesia.
  • Kyphoplasty cannot correct an established deformity of the spine, and certain patients with osteoporosis are not candidates for this treatment.
  • Patients experiencing painful symptoms or spinal deformities from recent osteoporotic compression fractures are likey candidates for kyphoplasty.
  • The procedure should be completed within 8 weeks of when the fracture occurs for the highest probability of restoring height.

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