What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a medical procedure that treats breaks in the spine's vertebrae by injecting bone cement into damaged areas with the help of a balloon-like device to create space. Bone cement or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is used for medical procedures and in this case, it is used to maintain space created. This helps restore the height of the vertebrae and alleviate pain. Kyphoplasty is particularly useful for vertebral body compression fractures caused by osteoporosis or spinal tumors, which can lead to a deformity known as kyphosis. By addressing these fractures, Kyphoplasty improves the quality of life by relieving pain and restoring proper spine alignment.

How to Prepare for Kyphoplasty

Prior to the kyphoplasty procedure, a medical practitioner will perform a physical examination, conduct spine X-rays, discuss recent health issues and allergies, and review current medications. Blood tests may be ordered, and patients will be instructed to discontinue aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and blood thinners. Additionally, patients will need to fast for up to three hours before the procedure and avoid wearing jewelry, opting for loose and comfortable clothing.

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What to Expect During Kyphoplasty?

During the kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty procedure, patients are positioned on their stomachs, and a hollow trocar needle will be inserted through the skin into the affected vertebra. Using fluoroscopy, a type of X-ray, the trocar will be guided to the precise location. Once the trocar is correctly positioned, the healthcare provider will create space by inflating a balloon. Then they’ll fill the space with bone cement to restore the vertebra's height and alleviate pain.

Kyphoplasty Risks

Kyphoplasty presents minimal risk yet possible complications such as infection, heightened discomfort, bleeding, and nerve-related effects may occur. Healthcare professionals place safety and well-being at the forefront during the entire journey. Although some soreness may arise initially, it typically diminishes within a few days. Kyphoplasty frequently leads to pain alleviation and increased mobility within 48 hours, potentially offering immediate relief. Be confident that our expert spine surgeons and dedicated staff stand ready to alleviate any worries and guide patients toward a seamless recovery.

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Recovering from Kyphoplasty

Following the kyphoplasty procedure, patients may spend time in a recovery room and have the option to go home on the same day or stay overnight, based on the doctor's recommendation. Walking is usually feasible within an hour, and any soreness from the needle should diminish in a few days. Patients should experience reduced pain and receive post-procedure recommendations to sustain results, enhance bone strength, and prevent future fractures. Our caring team at Schneck is here to assist patients throughout recovery, so feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Seek Relief with Care You Can Count On

At Schneck, we're here to support patients every step of the way. Our specialized kyphoplasty procedure offers advanced pain relief for those dealing with spinal compression fractures. Our compassionate team will guide you through a smooth recovery process and provide personalized care, ensuring the best possible outcomes. Don't let back pain hold you back – reach out to Schneck and take the first step towards a pain-free life!

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