What is a Kyphoplasty?
A Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure used when a patient has a compression fracture of the spine. By using a special cement that is injected into your vertebrae, the procedure is designed to alleviate the pain associated with the fracture, stabilize the bone, and restore the lost vertebral body height from the compression fracture.
Am I a good candidate for Kyphoplasty?
Most patients who suffer from a compression spinal fracture have osteoporosis. Patients with established spinal deformities from osteoporosis may not be good candidates for this procedure. Patients who have painful symptoms or spinal deformities from recent osteoporotic compression fractures are likely good candidates for this procedure. The procedure should be completed within 8 weeks of the onset of symptoms for the best results.
What can you expect?
Prior to your procedure
Prior to the procedure, you will meet with your doctor to go over all the risks and benefits of the Kyphoplasty. Once you have reached a full understanding of the procedure, and all risks and benefits have been explained, you will be scheduled for your kyphoplasty.
Day of your procedure
On the day of the procedure, you will be asked to fast for 6 hours prior to your procedure time. You will be brought back and prepped by a nurse or medical assistant on staff. They will insert the IV for the sedation medications. You will meet with the anesthesiologist and your doctor prior to the procedure. You will be taken to the procedure room and be placed in the prone position. A fluoroscopy guidance machine will be brought into position. An anesthesiologist will administer the sedation medication through your IV. Using the fluoroscopy guidance, your doctor will place a needle through your skin and back muscles, and into the compressed vertebrae. Once the needle is correctly placed, your doctors will inflate a small balloon to make room for the special cement by elevating the fracture. The balloon is then removed and the cement is then injected into the compressed vertebrae. Your doctor will then remove the needle. The entire procedure will take less than an hour in most cases.
After your procedure
After your procedure, you will be brought into a recovery room, your IV will be removed, and you will be monitored closely by a nurse or medical assistant for about 30 minutes.
You will be asked not to drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure and you must have a driver to drive you home from our office. You may feel some discomfort in the injection areas that could last a few days but can resume normal activity almost immediately.
How long will the pain relief last after Kyphoplasty?
Pain relief for many may be immediate but for some could take a couple of days to feel the full effects of the procedure. Patients should follow up with their primary care physician or referring physician to discuss their treatment plan for osteoporosis and maintain a healthy spine to avoid future fractures.
Is there anything specific I need to tell my doctor prior to this procedure?
You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, on blood thinners, diabetic, or if you have any other concerns you would like to address beforehand.
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