What can I Expect After Kyphoplasty?
Many patients get 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.
Am I a Good Candidate for Kyphoplasty?
Generally, the earlier the procedure of kyphoplasty is performed, the better the chances of achieving significant correction of spinal alignment. Factors influencing early intervention with kyphoplasty (within the first two weeks of the fracture) include:
- Severe pain that is poorly controlled with pain medication
- Severe functional limitations such as inability to stand or walk
- Fractures with greater loss of height and angular deformity
- Fractures with progressive collapse
- Fractures located at the thoraco-lumbar junction (the area of the spine between the lumbar spine and the rib cage)
- Multiple fractures (including a new fracture in a patient who has old healed compression fractures).
Kyphoplasty may be an option if conservative treatments are not providing positive results and pain relief from a spinal fracture. To learn more about this procedure, or schedule a consultation with one of our board certified physicians, call us today.