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Kyphoplasty

When someone experiences a spinal fracture, the pain and disruption to daily life can be a major challenge. This type of fracture often results from conditions like osteoporosis, and it can lead to a severe curvature in the spine known as kyphosis, significantly impacting quality of life. At National Vascular Associates, we provide comprehensive services for our clients, including kyphoplasty. With a proven track record of alleviating pain and restoring mobility, kyphoplasty could be the solution you've been seeking. If you're dealing with the challenges of a spinal fracture, read on to discover how kyphoplasty could help you reclaim your life.

Is Kyphoplasty An Effective Solution For Spinal Fractures?

Kyphoplasty is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure designed to relieve pain and stabilize the spine following a vertebral fracture. This technique not only helps in alleviating pain but also restores the vertebral body height and corrects spinal deformities caused by fractures. Kyphoplasty is particularly effective for patients who have suffered fractures due to osteoporosis, cancer, or benign lesions. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the back, through which a narrow tube is inserted. Guided by specialized imaging techniques, the tube reaches the fractured vertebra. A special balloon is then inflated to create a cavity and restore height to the compressed vertebra. This cavity is subsequently filled with bone cement, providing immediate stability and strength to the vertebra.

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Identifying Candidates For Kyphoplasty

Not everyone with a spinal fracture is a candidate for kyphoplasty. Ideal candidates are those who have had recent vertebral fractures, typically within eight weeks of the injury. The procedure is most effective in treating fractures that haven't healed on their own and are causing significant pain and mobility issues. Patients with osteoporosis-induced fractures, cancer-related spinal lesions, or benign vertebral tumors may benefit greatly from kyphoplasty. It is essential, however, to undergo a thorough evaluation by an Interventional Radiologist who can assess the nature of the fracture, the overall health of the patient, and any potential risks or contraindications.

The Kyphoplasty Procedure

Kyphoplasty is typically performed under local or general anesthesia and takes about an hour per vertebra. Here's a step-by-step overview of what happens during the procedure:

  • Preparation: The patient is positioned and the area of the spine to be treated is cleansed and prepared. 
  • Insertion: A small incision is made in the back, and a narrow tube is inserted into the vertebral body under the guidance of X-ray imaging.
  • Balloon Inflation: A special orthopedic balloon is inserted through the tube and carefully inflated to elevate the fracture, restoring height to the collapsed vertebra.
  • Cement Filling: The cavity created by the balloon is filled with a specially formulated bone cement. This cement hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.
  • Closure: The tube is removed, and the incision is closed, often with just a small bandage.

Recovery Journey After Kyphoplasty

Post-kyphoplasty recovery is usually swift. Most patients report significant pain relief almost immediately after the procedure and can return to their normal activities within a day or two. However, heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least six weeks. Follow-up care is critical and may include physical therapy to strengthen the back muscles and improve mobility. It's also important to address the underlying causes of the vertebral fracture, such as osteoporosis, to prevent future fractures.

Are You Looking For A Kyphoplasty Doctor?

Spinal fractures can be debilitating, but kyphoplasty offers a promising solution. This minimally invasive procedure can significantly reduce pain, restore vertebral height, and improve your quality of life. If you're struggling with the effects of a spinal fracture, consider reaching out to our National Vascular Associates today. Our experienced team can evaluate your condition and determine if kyphoplasty is right for you. Don't let a spinal fracture control your life any longer. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with a kyphoplasty doctor in your area. 

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