Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a surgical treatment used to treat spinal fractures or vertebral fractures. Patients with these conditions usually find the procedure to be beneficial by reducing their pain and by returning to normal activities, often within days of this procedure.

What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive surgical treatment for certain conditions that cause spinal fractures. When a patient has damaged vertebrae or spinal fractures, kyphoplasty is a common recommendation to help increase mobility and daily function.

The kyphoplasty procedure is performed by the board certified and fellowship trained physicians at Carolinas Pain Center.  Typically, this involves placing a big needle into the fractured bones, inflating a balloon and then placing medical grade cement to seal the fractures.

Pain relief can happen rather quickly and we see patients resume normal activities faster and more effectively than patients that are not offered this treatment.  However, choosing the right patient requires experience and you will find the physicians at Carolinas Pain Center to be candid and knowledgeable.  Schedule a time to discuss your care or a second opinion.  We frequently offer alternative options for faster pain relief.

Symptoms Kyphoplasty Treats

Kyphoplasty is only recommended for specific ailments, such as fractures in the spine and damaged vertebrae that have happened recently. Patients often will have collapsed or damaged vertebrae due to osteoporosis, cancer or other diseases.

Patients with these kinds of spinal conditions often cannot move well and struggle with day-to-day tasks. If you are experiencing back pain from a fracture or after a fall, make an appointment to see one of our providers and we can assess if Kyphoplasty may help reduce the pain.

You may be a candidate for kyphoplasty if you experience any of the following conditions:

  • Chronic back pain related to vertebral compression fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kyphotic (hunched over) deformity
  • Cancer-damaged vertebrae

How Does Kyphoplasty Work?

During the procedure, you will be lightly sedated and laying on your belly. Using an X-ray to guide them, your doctors will insert a needle in the skin and muscles in the back.

Next, a balloon will inflate, helping to restore the height of your damaged spinal vertebrae. Then, a special cement is injected to make the vertebrae hold the correct shape and position.

Finally, the needle is removed, and there is no need for stitches afterward. This procedure is considered minimally-invasive because it requires only a small incision for a needle. This procedure can last less than 1 -2 hours, depending on how many of your vertebrae are damaged.

Benefits of Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is often used to treat certain painful conditions in the spine, such as fractures, damaged vertebrae, and osteoporosis. Here are some of the additional benefits you can expect when choosing kyphoplasty as part of your treatment plan:

Remember that there are always risks to any procedure as well, such as infections or allergic reactions, so it is best to talk with your doctor to figure out whether or not a kyphoplasty procedure is the right treatment option to suit your unique health needs.

Why Carolinas Pain Center?

Carolinas Pain Center has the expert solutions for your pain issues. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, we offer the care you need. Contact us now to make an appointment.