What is Kyphoplasty; How Does it Help Pain?

by Donna Werking, Northern AZ Social, LLC

Kyphoplasty, also known as vertebroplasty, is a surgical treatment intended to augment the vertebra to its original state, stabilize bone and eliminate pain caused by a spinal fracture.

In kypholasty, a surgical cement is injected into the fractured bone through a small hole in the skin, filling the space compressed from the fracture and relieving pain. The cement strengthens the bones to support the free movements of the joints for normal flow of the body.

Most of the time, the patient does not have to stay in the hospital for a long time, and the surgery is complete in a few hours. The success rate of this procedure is relatively high if the surgery is carried out within two months of the fracture diagnosis.

If other surgeries and medical measures have failed to deliver the desired results and mobility, the kyphoplasty treatment may be a suitable option for your treatment needs.


Procedure overview
In a typical kyphoplasty:

  1. A small tube is inserted into the body through a hole in the skin. The general cut is a half-inch in most of the cases to target damaged vertebral. X-ray technique is used to ensure accuracy.
  2. A thin tube, with a balloon at the tip of the top, is inserted into the vertebra. The balloon creates space for the cement in the gap or fracture between the bones.
  3. The cement is slowly injected into the damaged bone, and the balloon is removed from the cavity.
  4. The cement takes about 10 minutes to harden within the bones.

After the procedure
In most cases of kyphoplasty, patients start feeling the relief after two to three days of the treatment.  

Depending upon the nature of the patient and expertise of the doctor performing the treatment, the time of treatment can vary. General anesthesia is administered, and patients are normally discharged within the same day as the procedure.

Source: Watch this procedure at www.nazspineandpain.com/kyphoplasty