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A kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that may help patients who have damaged vertebrae—the small bones that form the spine.

During a kyphoplasty, biocompatible compound similar to cement will be injected into your affected vertebrae and allowed to harden. This procedure is similar to a vertebroplasty, in which the same compound is injected into the vertebrae, but with one key difference: a kyphoplasty makes space for an inflatable device, similar to a balloon, that can help restore the stature of damaged vertebra and relieve pain

Your doctor may suggest a kyphoplasty for vertebrae damaged by cancer or osteoporosis, and potentially for herniated disc treatment as well.

How a Kyphoplasty Procedure Works

To determine if you’re a candidate for a kyphoplasty procedure, you’ll have an exam and consultation with your doctor, which may include blood tests, x-rays or an MRI to evaluate your damaged vertebrae. All risks of the procedure will be discussed with you should we decide to move forward.

A kyphoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure that uses general anesthesia, depending on your unique needs. During your appointment, you’ll lie on your stomach while your doctor inserts a needle into the affected bone of your spine.

During the first part of the procedure, the balloon-like device is injected and inflated, then filled with the cement-like compound. Your doctor will use x-ray technology throughout the entire process to ensure everything is going to the correct place.

The procedure typically takes about an hour but may be longer if you have several vertebrae treated. There are no stitches and patients can typically go home that same day. There may be some soreness at the injection site, but some patients experience immediate pain relief and can resume normal activities shortly after the procedure. Your doctor will make specific recommendations for you following your appointment.

Candidates for a Kyphoplasty Procedure

People who have compression fractures as the result of osteoporosis or tumors are the typical candidates for a kyphoplasty procedure. If you have progressive back pain caused by compression fractures and your pain is not the result of other problems, you may qualify.

These fractures in the spine can cause the vertebrae to collapse, which will actually shorten the spine and cause it to lean forward. Compression fractures are not only painful but can result in poor posture. Your doctor can let you know whether you qualify with simple diagnostic tests.

Are You Suffering from Chronic Back Pain?

As a wellness pain clinic, Summit Spine & Joint Centers helps patients suffering from all types of pain to experience relief. We’re here to answer all your questions about our kyphoplasty procedure and other pain relief options. Call us today at (516) 224-4888 or contact us online to learn more or schedule a consultation.

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