Important Facts About Kyphoplasty
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for patients immobilized by the painful vertebrae compression fracture. Vertebral body fractures lead to the collapse or compression of a vertebra, causing the spine to shorten and curve.
This can result in pain and a kyphotic (hunched-over) deformity. Osteoporosis is the main cause of vertebral compression fractures. Another cause is a pathologic fracture related to spinal. Kyphoplasty is performed under mild sedation anesthesia.
Vertebroplasty is another procedure used to treat a fractured vertebrae. Speak with one of our providers to learn why CPC has chosen Kyphoplasty as the best approach to treating a fractured vertebrae.
Two small incisions are made and a probe is placed into the vertebral space where the fracture is located, using flouroscopic guidance. A specially designed balloon is inserted, inflated with contrast medium until they expand to the desired height and removed. The spaces created by the balloons are then filled with cement, binding the fracture. The cement hardens quickly, providing strength and stability to the vertebra, restoring height and relieving pain.
A TLSO (thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis) is a two-piece plastic spinal brace. It works like a body cast that can be removed. TLSO controls your spinal posture, helps reduce pain, prevents further injury and promotes healing.
Following spinal surgery or injury to your back, you will need to wear a TLSO. This orthosis (brace) is used to restrict movement of the mid and lower spine while it heals. Your surgeon will decide how long you are required to wear the TLSO, usually 10 to 12 weeks.
Osteoporotic fractures are a result of osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become more fragile due to bone deterioration or low bone mass. Bones that are weaker or more fragile are at greater risk for fractures. Fractures occur commonly in the spine.
Do you suffer from Kyphosis?
When vertebrae collapse, they form a wedge shape, which makes the spine bend forward. Eventually, you’ll have neck and back pain as your body tries to adapt. This is known as Kyphosis or a curved back.