What is Kyphoplasty for Compression Fractures?
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure done to treat the symptoms of a compression fracture in the spine which includes pain, loss of height and spinal deformities.
Compression fractures are usually caused by osteoporosis which is the loss of mass and density of the bones.
Women over the age of 50 have a higher risk for osteoporosis and developing compression fractures in the spine. Compression fractures can also occur in younger patients who are taking steroids or those who suffer from conditions that affect the strength of their bones.
The symptoms caused by this condition can be treated with a minimally invasive out-patient surgical procedure in an accredited out-patient surgical facility or in a hospital operating room.
How Kyphoplasty is Performed
Kyphoplasty is done under general anesthesia and can take roughly an hour for each of the affected vertebrae. To begin the procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision on the patient’s back where a narrow tube is inserted.
A fluoroscope is then used to guide the tube to its proper place. A balloon is then inserted through the tube with the help of x-ray images. Once the balloon is in place, it is slowly and gently inflated. This causes the fracture to elevate to get into a better position.
A cavity is also formed inside the vertebrae as the inner bone is compacted by the inflated balloon. Once the vertebra is in an ideal position, the surgeon will then remove the balloon and begin filling the cavity with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).
This material is cement-like and quickly hardens after being released into the vertebrae, in effect making the bone more stable. The surgeon will repeat the procedure for each of the affected vertebrae until all of them are filled with PMMA. When this is all done, the surgeon then removes the tube and sutures up the small incision.
Kyphoplasty in Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County:
- Kyphoplasty in and near Anaheim
- Kyphoplasty in and near Colton
- Kyphoplasty in and near Corona
- Kyphoplasty in and near Garden Grove
- Kyphoplasty in and near Irwindale
- Kyphoplasty in and near La Mirada
- Kyphoplasty in and near Long Beach
- Kyphoplasty in and near Los Angeles
- Kyphoplasty in and near Ontario
- Kyphoplasty in and near Perris
- Kyphoplasty in and near Temecula
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