What is Kyphoplasty for vertebral body compression fractures?

What is Kyphoplasty for vertebral body compression fractures?

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Kyphoplasty Procedure

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L3 Compression fracture

 

A kyphoplasty procedure is a type of vertebral augmentation procedure for compression fractures that occur in osteoporotic vertebral bodies. Compression fractures can be extremely painful conditions and fracture stabilization can greatly improve the patient’s mobility and respiratory ability.

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During a kyphoplasty procedure, a narrow spinal needle is directed through the pedicle using fluoroscopy into the optimal position inside the affected vertebral body.  The doctor will insert a special balloon through the needle and into the vertebral body.  the balloon is inflated to elevate the fracture, returning the vertebral body to near normal height.  Additionally, a cavity is created inside the vertebrae.

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The balloon is then removed and a cement-like substance called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is injected slowly and carefully into the space. The PMMA is of a paste-like consistency but hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.kyphoplasty-carolinasportsandspine

Kyphoplasty procedures are safely performed under local anesthetic medications in procedure rooms and in hospital settings. The procedure can take anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes per level depending on the complexity of the case.

Care should be taken to avoid further fractures by appropriately treating the underlying causes of the fractures with osteoporosis management.

The professionals at Carolina Sports and Spine have experience completing over 10,000 spine procedures and can rapidly help you get treatment for your vertebral compression fracture.

 

Call us if you are suffering from a painful compression fracture  252-442-4024.

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  1. Bernard Clyde
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    I appreciate you explaining the kyphoplasty process, especially with the illustrations. I think it helps to know how these kinds of treatments are done so that we can be comfortable moving forward with it. It’s important that we understand what methods are available out there, like this one, to help us recover from spinal compression fractures.

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