Kyphoplasty is an outpatient procedure used to treat painful compression fractures in the spine. In a compression fracture, all or part of a spine bone collapses.
The procedure is also called balloon kyphoplasty. You lay face down on a table. The health care provider cleans the area of your back and applies medicine to numb the area.
Dr. Chowdhury places a large needle through the skin and into the spine bone.
A balloon is placed through the needle, into the bone, and then inflated. This restores the height of the vertebrae. Cement is then injected into the space to make sure it does not collapse again.
Who are candidates for Balloon Kyphoplasty?
The most common cause of compression fractures of the spine is thinning of your bones, or osteoporosis. Older women of 55 years of age or older, or cancer patients, including multiple myeloma, or an injury that caused broken bones in the spine are more apt to need this procedure. Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you have severe and disabling pain for 2 months or more that does not get better with bed rest, pain medicines, and physical therapy.
Patients who undergo kyphoplasty usually have less pain and a better quality of life after the surgery. They usually need fewer pain medicines, and can move better than before.