Kyphoplasty is a procedure to relieve pain from compression fractures. Spinal compression fractures will typically heal on their own. Kyphoplasty may be very effective in stabilizing and straightening the spine, subsequently providing pain relief.
The procedure involves placing a small balloon into the fracture of the spine and then carefully inflating the balloon until a cavity is created and the fracture is elevated, moving the bone to a more normal position. The cavity is then filled with a bone cement, stabilizing the spinal fracture and helping restore some vertebral height.
What are the benefits of a kyphoplasty?
Provides easier movement for physical therapy
What are the side effects or risks associated with Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a typically safe procedure and complications arising from it are rare. As with any minimally invasive medical procedure, there are risks that you’ll want to discuss with your physician before treatment is administered. The potential side effects or risks of kyphoplasty are:
Temporary pain, swelling or bruising at the injection sites
Infection is very rare if conducted in a controlled, sterile environment
In extremely rare cases, if there is cement in the spinal canal, paralysis and embolism are possible
Long-term risks may include a risk of compression fractures above and below the treated level
Am I a good candidate for kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty may be an option if conservative treatments are not providing positive results and pain relief from a spinal fracture. Optimally, the procedure should be done within six-to-eight weeks of a spinal fracture, giving the patient the highest probability for height restoration. As with most any medical procedure, you’ll want to discuss with your doctor whether you are a good candidate. Make sure that your physician knows if you have any types of allergies (especially to anesthetics), are on blood-thinning medication, or have an active infection.
What should I expect after the kyphoplasty procedure?
Many patients recognize pain relief immediately after the procedure, while it may take a few days for others. Overall, normal activities can be resumed, but heavy lifting or any unnatural twisting/bending should be avoided for at least six weeks. As with any procedure, please consult your physician regarding your remaining course of treatment, especially if osteoporosis was the cause of the fracture.
How long will the procedure take and what anesthesia is used?
Typically, it takes an hour per vertebral fracture for this procedure. The anesthesia can be locally or generally administered. You’ll want to discuss with your doctor beforehand to discover what will work best for you.
Location and Hours
8500 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 200
Lone Tree, CO 80124