What is kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a form of vertebral augmentation, which is a spine procedure that involves the insertion of surgical cement into a small fracture in a spinal vertebra. The goal of kyphoplasty is to stabilize fractured vertebrae and relieve associated pain. Patients who have fully explored conservative treatments and are still suffering from pain related to a vertebral fracture caused by injury or age-related condition often consider this type of procedure.
To help patients better understand their potential therapeutic options, we’ve provided the following informational overview of the kyphoplasty. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the treatment we offer at USA Spine Care, please reach out to our team today.
Kyphoplasty can treat vertebral fractures caused by a number of different factors
In order to be both flexible and strong, the spine is constructed of vertebral segments connected by joints. Our everyday movements subject the spine to a lot of stress and our bones tend to get weaker with age due to natural changes. These conditions can increase our risk for developing small cracks in the vertebrae, or vertebral compression factors.
Some of the of the most common specific causes of compression fractures treated by kyphoplasty include:
- Traumatic injury, such as a fall or automobile accident
- Osteoporosis, a degenerative condition that causes the bones to become porous
- Weakening of the vertebrae due to cancer
In many cases, conservative treatments like medication and physical therapy combined with lifestyle changes such as improved diet and regular exercise can offer relief. But if the pain becomes chronic and debilitating, procedures including kyphoplasty may be recommended.
Kyphoplasty overview and recovery process
After the fractures have been identified through diagnostic testing, the surgeon will use X-ray guidance to insert a needle into the vertebrae. Through this needle, the surgeon can then inflate a very small balloon to help stabilize the vertebrae. Next, he or she will fill the space with surgical cement to restore vertebral height. The needle will then be removed without the need for stitches or an incision.
Vertebral Augmentation includes vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty,which are similar spine procedures in which bone cement is injected through a small hole in the skin
Due to the minimally invasive nature of kyphoplasty, it usually takes about an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients should be given detailed instructions on the recovery process and can typically walk within a few hours after the procedure.
Cost for kyphoplasty can vary depending on the nature of the procedure, the insurance carrier and other factors. Medicare has approved kyphoplasty if they are deemed necessary by a physician and administered by a qualified professional. USA Spine Care facilities accept patients with Medicare, most private health insurances, as well as workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. We’ll be happy to answer any cost-related questions you have.
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When you reach out to one of our representatives, we’ll help you learn about the treatment options available at USA Spine Care. Our experienced and caring surgical team has decades of experience and have helped thousands of patients get their lives back from debilitating pain.
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