Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures performed to treat compression fractures of the spine by stabilizing the fractured bone with a substance that works like cement. Compression fractures are often extremely painful, and can cause abnormal spine curvature that can further lead to other serious health problems. These fractures are commonly caused by osteoporosis, spinal tumors, and traumatic injury. Traditional treatments of bed rest, pain medication, and braces are slow to relieve the pain.
Symptoms of spinal compression fractures
Spinal compression fractures can be really painful. Though for many people, the pain will subside while the bone is healing. This can take up to two or three months. Other people will continue feeling pain, even if the fracture has healed.The most common signs and symptoms of compression fractures are:
- Sudden onset of severe back pain.
- Worsening of pain when standing or walking, sometimes causing immobility.
- Lying on one’s back reduces the intensity of pain.
- Difficulty and pain when bending or twisting.
- Loss of height.
- Curvature of the spine.
Sometimes a compression fracture in the spine may not cause any back pain or other symptoms. Therefore, elderly persons (especially women) need to monitor potential fractures if there is height loss, limited ability to twist and bend the back, and/or deformity that develops in the spine.
A small incision is made in the back through which the surgeon places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured vertebra. Guided by X-ray images, the surgeon inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae,and then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, returning the pieces to a more normal height. The amount of height restored depends on the age of the fracture.
The balloons are deflated and removed, leaving a space in the middle of the vertebra. Specially designed instruments are used under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material. After being injected, the pasty material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.
This procedure is called kyphoplasty because it reduces unwanted kyphosis, or forward curvature, before the bone is stabilized.
Kyphoplasty takes about one hour for each vertebra involved
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