Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty can repair compression fractures so you can be active again
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are proven, minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of pain caused by vertebral compression fractures of the spine. Compression fractures cause the spine to collapse forward, producing a ‘wedged’ vertebra.
These painful, wedge-shaped fractures are often the result of injury, calcium depletion in the bones (osteoporosis), cancer that has spread from another area (metastatic tumor), cancer of the bone marrow (multiple myeloma) or a benign vascular tumor (vertebral hemangioma).
When several vertebrae suffer compression fractures at the same time, people may develop a humped spine, called kyphosis. This may lead to severe back pain, reduced physical activity, depression, decreased lung capacity or insomnia.
Relieve back pain, restore spinal mobility and avoid height loss or deformity
Get relief from severe back pain and avoid further spinal collapse with a minimally invasive procedure from Texas Minimally Invasive Spine. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are used in cases of severe, functionally disabling pain caused by a vertebral fracture that does not improve with pain medication and brace immobilization.
- Kyphoplasty – During a kyphoplsty procedure, a balloon is first insterted and inflated to help return the compressed vertebrae to its normal height. Next, bone cement is injected into the cavity created by the ballon.
- Vertebroplasty – Vertebroplasty, by contrast, alleviates pain and prevents further loss of vertebral height by injecting bone cement directly into the fractured vertebrae.
Both procedures involve passing a hollow needle through the skin, one on either side of your spine, and into the fractured vertebra. The bone cement is then injected through this needle, and takes approximately ten minutes to harden. The cement-strengthened vertebra straightens your spine, reduces your pain and helps prevents further fractures.
Studies have shown that those who suffer one osteoporotic fracture are five times more likely to develop additional fractures. Dr. Shaad Bidiwala highly recommends that people with osteoporosis seek corrective treatment early, before fractures expand and require more invasive procedures.
- Back pain, especially with movement
- Leg or hip pain above the knee
Typical X-Ray Findings
- Compression fracture (MRI, CT, Plain films).
Average Procedure Time
- 30 minutes per fractured vertebral body
Average Recovery Time
- Home the same day
- Off work 2-8 weeks, depending on duties
- Brace when upright for 8 weeks
- No bending, twisting, lifting, or strenuous exercises (8 weeks)
- No driving while on narcotics