Kyphoplasty is a treatment option used for patients who have suffered compression fracturing in their vertebra. It involves the insertion and inflation of a balloon in the affected area, and then the use of special cement to restore the lost height to the vertebra. For more information about spinal fracturing or kyphoplasty, contact Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health by calling Call407-303-5452.
What Is Compression Fracturing?
Compression fracturing is one of the more typical types of spinal fraction. There are two types of compression fracturing sustained in accidents and injuries. For instance, a fall from a height in which the individual lands on their feet can compress the spine and fracture the vertebra. Additionally, fracturing can also occur when the upper body is thrown forward, while the lower body remains in place (such as what happens in an auto accident when the victim is wearing only a lap belt).
However, it should also be noted that osteoporosis is a leading cause of compression fractures as well. In this instance, bone density loss encourages fractures to form without any external force (such as that sustained in a fall or car accident).
Symptoms of Compression Fractures
Compression fractures can be indicated by any number of different symptoms, though it will require a medical expert and diagnostic equipment to determine if fracturing is actually occurring. Some of the most common symptoms include sudden severe back pain, a reduction of pain when lying down, loss of height, spine deformities and pain present when twisting or bending over. Kyphosis is a symptom of compression fractures (curved spine) as well, but breathing difficulty and hip pain can also be potential indicators. Given the broad range of conditions these symptoms can be applied to, it is vital that sufferers seek out a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
How Does Kyphoplasty Work?
Compression fractures are defined by a loss of vertebrae height on one or both sides. Kyphoplasty is designed to restore the lost height and relieve pain. The procedure itself is relatively simple and can be performed either in a hospital setting or as an outpatient surgery. Dr. Chetan Patel provides minimally invasive kyphoplasty to ensure the shortest possible healing time and a reduced chance of infection or other complications from spine surgery.
Anesthesia is given (local) and then the surgeon will use a syringe to place a balloon within the bone itself. This balloon is then inflated to restore the vertebrae’s height, and cement is injected within the bone. The cement will cure in place and fuse with the bone, providing a permanent solution to fracturing.
The recovery time for kyphoplasty is relatively short. Most physicians recommend their patients stay in bed for a full 24 hours after the procedure, though walking is possible immediately afterward. Most patients will also have to avoid lifting heavy objects for a period of about six weeks after the surgery.
To learn more about kyphoplasty and whether it is the right option for you, contact Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health by calling Call407-303-5452.