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Kyphoplasty: All You Need to Know

Image of man's backIf you suffer a spinal compression fracture, your doctor may recommend kyphoplasty as a potential surgical solution. This revolutionary treatment is one of the best ways to treat vertebral fractures. In this article, we will define kyphoplasty and demonstrate how it can help alleviate your chronic back pain.

What Is Kyphoplasty?

A compression fracture can make it challenging for you to move around freely, as your shattered bone fragments perpetually rub against each other. That’s where kyphoplasty treatment becomes relevant and useful.

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where a doctor injects a cement mixture into your vertebra to give it strength and stability. Also known as balloon vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty is a short-term surgery that generally does not require a hospital stay.

Doctors and surgeons around the world have been using kyphoplasty since 1998 to treat spinal fractures. This procedure reduces pain, restores your natural bone shape, and stabilizes the vertebra. The team of expert surgeons at Lewis Interventional Pain & Regenerative Medicine in Frisco, Texas, routinely perform kyphoplasty with successful results. 

How Is Kyphoplasty Performed?

The spine surgeons at Lewis Interventional Pain & Regenerative Medicine begin kyphoplasty by creating a tiny incision over the fractured area. With the help of an x-ray, they insert a thin tube through the connective tissue into the side of the vertebra.

Next, they place a balloon through the tube and into the vertebra. They then inflate this balloon inside the vertebra to form an open space and restore the collapsed bone to its original height. 

Subsequently, the surgeon deflates and removes the balloon, leaving the new vertebra cavity behind. Once they establish this open space, the surgeon injects a special bone cement mixture into the cavity via a needle. The cement hardens rapidly, providing stability to the fracture.

What Should I Expect During Kyphoplasty?

This procedure starts with the patient lying face down on the operating table and receiving anesthesia intravenously. Once you are asleep, the surgeon will guide a needle through the skin of your back and into the fractured vertebra.

After the surgery is complete, the doctor removes the needle, and the skin closes. Bandages and stitches are not even necessary. The whole process takes less than one hour if you only need treatment for one vertebra.

Recovery duration is minimal, with most patients leaving the hospital on the same day. If you require treatment for multiple vertebrae, or you suffer from some other illness, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight. 

Depending on your specific case, your doctor may advise you to supplement the procedure with some medications that help to strengthen bones. You should expect some pain or soreness, but you will start feeling much better within two to three days.

Are You a Candidate for Kyphoplasty?

If you are suffering from back pain due to a compression fracture, then you need to contact Lewis Interventional Pain & Regenerative Medicine. We offer several options to relieve back pain, including highly advanced treatment options like kyphoplasty. If our spine surgeons determine that kyphoplasty is the right treatment option for you, then we can effectively and safely perform the procedure in our office.

Experience the Lewis Interventional Pain & Regenerative Medicine difference today by filling out our online contact form or calling us at (214) 613-0960 to schedule a consultation. We accept all major medical insurances, including Medicare, Tricare, and more.