Kyphoplasty 101

Kyphoplasty Can Offer Long Lasting Pain Relief

Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at ClinTech Center For Spine Health, Dr. Techy is dedicated to staying up to date on the latest spinal health procedures and, more importantly, is passionate about making sure that each and every one of his clients fully understand the procedure before any work is done. When it comes to the health of your spine, it is always important to make sure that you carefully consider the treatment options that are laid out in front of you. Depending on your situation, certain procedures could be more beneficial than others and, believe us when we say you want to choose the absolute best option that you can. In part one of a two part blog series, we are going to go over kyphoplasty, what it is, what it does for our patients, and the things you should consider before trying this treatment option. Continue reading below to learn more.

What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, orthopedic procedure that is used to stabilize spinal fractures. During this procedure, small incisions (around 3mm in length) are made into the vertebrae which allows Dr. Techy to place thin tubes, known as cannulas, into the vertebrae. Unlike a vertebroplasty, which only uses bone cement to treat spinal fractures, kyphoplasty utilizes a small balloon that is inserted into the fracture. The balloon is inflated to create more space for the spine surgeon to fill with bone cement. This small but important step helps to restore vertebral height which, in turn, helps to reduce spinal deformity from the injury that was suffered. Additionally, a kyphoplasty allows a spine surgeon to use a thicker cement which decreases the likelihood that any leakage will occur after the surgery is completed.

What Else Should I Know About Kyphoplasty?

Before you consider a kyphoplasty, it is important to understand the risks associated with this procedure. Kyphoplasty is not a treatment option for those people suffering from a major spinal injury. Spinal compression fractures, if serious enough, often require open surgical decompression, meaning that a kyphoplasty, if administered, could cause more damage than good. Although balloon kyphoplasty has a very low complication rate, meaning that most people experience no adverse side effects, it is not an entirely risk free procedure. Some of the rare risks associated with kyphoplasty include heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and cement leakage. The cement leakage occurs when the orthopedic cement used during the procedure leaks out of the vertebrae. This leak can cause a pulmonary embolism to develop if the cement makes its way to the lungs or, in some cases, can leak around the spinal column and cause additional injury to the spine. The risk of leakage is greatly reduced in kyphoplasty, however, due to the fact that a thicker orthopedic cement is used.

Join us again next time as we cover some of the benefits associated with balloon kyphoplasty. If you or someone you know is suffering from a spinal injury, please contact us today at ClinTech Center For Spine Health. Dr. Techy has been helping Johnstown area residents find relief from their back pain for years and we are certain that he can help you with any spinal issues that you may be experiencing. More than just a spine surgeon, Dr. Techy is passionate about helping people find relief from their pain and, through this dedication, goes to great lengths to make sure that his patients are receiving the best, most applicable care. Don’t let back pain impact your life, contact us today and let us show you what makes Dr. Techy the best.