Spine compression fractures are a common source of debilitating back pain and reduced range of motion. As we get older, our bones lose density due to conditions such as osteoporosis and general wear and tear. These forces apply to our vertebrae just as much as other bones in our body.
Over time, weakened vertebrae in the spine combined with the day-to-day stress on this part of the body results in the development of tiny fractures. These fractures can cause pain, reduced range of motion and deformity. If weeks or months of nonsurgical treatments do not offer relief, back surgery may be recommended.
One type of procedure is called kyphoplasty. This is a minimally invasive back surgery where the surgeon only needs to make a small puncture in order to inject medical-grade cement into the spine compression fracture to stabilize the area. Kyphoplasty also involves using a very small balloon to create the space needed to inject the cement.
To help you learn more about the benefits of kyphoplasty surgery, take a moment to read the following guide. The USA Spine & Orthopedics team is here to help and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out at any time.
- A minimally invasive outpatient procedure
Kyphoplasty is one of the least invasive forms of back surgery. Instead of a large incision that requires disrupting surrounding soft tissue, kyphoplasty requires a tiny cut or puncture in the area. The surgeon then uses direct visualization technology to perform the surgery.
Because of this, kyphoplasty typically takes less than an hour and patients are up and walking within a few hours. This means kyphoplasty can be performed in an ambulatory surgery center that allows patients to be discharged the same day.
- Quick recovery time
The cement used in kyphoplasty is designed to harden very quickly to almost instantly stabilize the spine and reduce pain. Combined with the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, the result is a highly expedited recovery timeline.
Generally, patients can begin to resume activities within days of kyphoplasty and should experience limited post-surgical soreness and pain. When compared to procedures such as traditional open back surgery that can require weeks or months of recovery and often significant levels of postoperative pain, kyphoplasty offers patients a quick recovery time.
- Reduces back pain and increases activity
The primary goal of kyphoplasty is to reduce spinal instability at the site of a vertebral compression fracture. This stabilization results in increased mobility in that section of the spine and significantly reduced pain. Additionally, this can decrease the stress on other areas of the spine.
When combined with a spine-healthy lifestyle, many patients are able to enjoy an increased quality of life and perform daily activities they previously had not been able to. This includes working around the house or in the yard, performing exercise or sports and spending time with friends and loved ones.
Learn more from the experts at USA Spine & Orthopedics
If you’re dealing with pain related to a spine compression fracture and have exhausted your nonsurgical treatment options, USA Spine can help. Our highly experienced team can help you determine if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery such as kyphoplasty. Contact us today to learn more and start your journey to relief.
At our state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery centers, our board-certified spine surgeons have helped thousands of people find the lasting relief they deserve and get back to a healthy and active lifestyle. We believe in delivering the highest level of patient-centered care to everyone who comes to us for relief.
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Kyphoplasty Surgery Quick Answers
Is kyphoplasty a major surgery?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed by making a small puncture with a needle. Because of this, kyphoplasty is not usually considered to be major surgery, although it does result in long-term benefits.
How long does it take to recover from a kyphoplasty surgery?
Due to the highly minimally invasive nature of kyphoplasty, it has a quick recovery time for most patients. Surgeons usually perform this procedure on an outpatient basis and patients can expect to be up and walking within hours. After discharge, patients are given thorough instructions and can expect to begin resuming activities within days.
Is a kyphoplasty painful?
Kyphoplasty surgery is always performed under anesthesia so patients do not experience pain during the procedure. After surgery, there may be some soreness and stiffness at the puncture site. Treatments such as an ice pack or over-the-counter medication can usually relieve symptoms.
What is the difference between kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty?
Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are similar procedures that involve an injection of cement into a vertebra to treat a fracture. The primary difference is that kyphoplasty involves using a small surgical balloon that creates space for the injection.