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Dealing with the debilitating pain of vertebral compression fractures can be a significant challenge, particularly for those with osteoporosis or other underlying conditions that weaken the bones. Kyphoplasty emerges as an innovative and effective treatment option, offering pain relief and the potential to restore vertebral height and reverse deformities caused by fractures.

Understanding Vertebral Compression Fractures

Vertebral compression fractures occur when the bony block or vertebral body in the spine collapses, which can lead to severe pain, deformity, and loss of height. These fractures are most commonly caused by osteoporosis, a condition where bones become brittle and fragile from tissue loss, typically due to hormonal changes or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure aimed at relieving pain caused by vertebral compression fractures. The procedure involves the insertion of a balloon into the fractured vertebra, which is then inflated to create space. This space is then filled with a special

cement to stabilize the bone.

The Procedure: A Closer Look

Performed under local or moderate sedation, kyphoplasty typically takes one hour per fracture treated. It starts with a small incision in the back, where the doctor places a narrow tube. Using X-ray images, the surgeon guides the tube into the correct position. A balloon is then inserted through the tube into the vertebra and gently inflated. This process helps to restore the height of the vertebra and correct deformity. Finally, the balloon is removed, and bone cement is injected into the cavity created by the balloon.

Benefits of Kyphoplasty

Patients often experience immediate pain relief after kyphoplasty. Other benefits include:

Stabilization of the fracture decreases pain and prevents further collapse of the vertebra.

Restoration of vertebral body height and spinal alignment.

A low complication rate and a quick recovery time compared to open surgery.

Is Kyphoplasty Right for You?

Kyphoplasty is typically recommended for patients with osteoporotic fractures or similar conditions that have not responded to conservative treatment methods like rest, pain medications, or back braces. It’s crucial to have a thorough evaluation by a specialist who can assess your condition and determine if kyphoplasty is the most suitable treatment option.

Taking the Next Step

Living with the pain of a vertebral compression fracture can be limiting and diminish your quality of life. Our clinic is committed to helping patients find relief and regain their mobility. Our team of specialists provides personalized care from diagnosis through recovery.

If you or a loved one is suffering from persistent back pain due to a vertebral compression fracture, we invite you to reach out to us. Schedule an appointment to explore whether kyphoplasty is the right solution for you. Call 503-654-5636 or 541-205-0173 to schedule an appointment. We’re committed to helping you find relief and improve your quality of life. Let us assist you in taking the first step toward a pain-free life.