A minimally invasive vertebral procedure to treat fractures in the vertebra.
WHAT IT IS
During a kyphoplasty procedure, a small incision is made in the back through which our neurosurgeon, Dr. Gregory L. Wilson, places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area passing by the pedicle of the injured vertebrae.
Using the fluoroscopy X-ray imaging, Dr. Wilson inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, which returns the pieces to a more normal position. It also compacts the soft inner bone to create a cavity inside the vertebrae.
The balloon is removed and Dr. Wilson uses specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material. After being injected, the pasty material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.
WHY IT IS DONE
Patients with spinal fractures are at an increased risk of complications and death compared to those who don't suffer from a spinal fracture.
When left untreated, spinal fractures can cause your spine to shorten and curve forward. This curve, called "kyphosis," can make it difficult to walk, cause a spinal deformity, neurological complications, breathing problems and in some cases death.
For those seeking out a minimally invasive treatment option that can repair spinal fractures caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents, osteoporosis, cancer and non-cancerous tumors, kyphoplasty may be an option.
Patients that receive a kyphoplasty experience less back pain, improved mobility, improved quality of life and satisfaction with the procedure.
SYMPTOMS OF FRACTURE
Onset Back Pain
Opioid Drug Use
Low Bone Density
Poor Quality of Life
Shortened Vertebral Height