Kyphoplasty

  • Description - Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to relieve severe pain related to a cracked or collapsed spinal vertabrae also known as vertebral compression fracture. Most spinal fractures are caused by osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle and break easily. Spinal fractures can also be the result of certain types of cancer or other tumors.

 

  • Traditional treatment for spinal fractures is limited to bedrest, bracing and management of pain, often with narcotics. Although these options may sometimes be deemed appropriate, they do not address deformity caused by fracture. Kyphoplasty can stabilze the fracture, reduce back pain and restore vertebral body height and alignment.

 

  • Prior to Procedure - Prior to scheduling a kyphoplasty procedure, you will require diagnostic iimaging studies such as x-rays and MRI to determine the exact location and extent of your fracture(s). After completing imaging studies a consultation will be arranged for you with an ADI Neurointerventional Radiology Professional (Radiologist, Physician's Assistant or Nurse Practioner) to provide you with information regarding all aspects of the kyphoplasty procedure including benefits and potential risks.

 

  • Procedure  - Kyphoplasty can be done under local or general anesthesia. Your doctor will help determine which is best for you. Through an approximately 1 inch incision, the radiologist  will pass a hollow instrument to create a  small pathway into the fractured bone. A small orthopedic balloon is guided through the intrument into the vertebra and the balloon carefully inflated attempting to raise the collaped vertebra to its normal position. Once in the correct position, the ballon is deflated and removed, leaving a cavity within the vertebral body. The cavity is filled with a special bone cement to support the surrounding bone and prevent further collapse. This is generally done on both sides of the vertebral body.

Balloon Placement
Complete Casting
Bone Cement
Placement
Balloon Inflation