Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are both minimally invasive procedures which are designed to treat vertebral compression fractures. These factures are caused by things such as spinal tumors, traumatic injury, or osteoporosis. They are painful and can severely limit mobility. Patients are often given traditional treatments which include pain medications and bed rest. But Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are alternative options for treatment.
So what are Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?
The vertebral body can collapse from a fracture sometimes which produces a wedged vertebra in your body. When this happens to multiple levels it can lead to a humped spine. People who suffer from conditions which weaken their bones such as osteoporosis are more susceptible to these compression fractures.
Other things can cause it as well, such as heavy lifting, coughing, or sneezing when the weakening gets dramatic enough.
When you suffer from these compressions it can reduce your physical activity, decrease lung capacity, cause difficulty sleeping, and lead to back pain.
Both Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are similar procedures involving injection of bone cement into the fracture(s) to stabilize it like an internal splint. The main difference is that with kyphoplasty a balloon is inflated first to create a void into which cement is then slowly injected. With vertebroplasty, no void is created – the cement is simply injected.
What happens during this process?
During either process, a hollow needle is placed through the skin of the patient’s back and into the vertebra which is fractured. With Vertebroplasty, bone cement is injected into the fracture through the hollow needle. With Kyphoplasty, a balloon is first placed into the vertebra through the hollow needle and inflated in order to expand the compressed space to its original height, after which the space is filled with bone
cement. Both of these procedures can be repeated for as many vertebra as are damaged. The new cement will strengthen the vertebra and allow patients to stand up straight and reduce their pain.
Who qualified for this process?
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are available options if you have suffered from a compressed vertebra fracture brought about by osteoporosis, a metastatic tumor, multiple myeloma, or vertebral hemangioma. If you have a bleeding disorder, a bone infection, facture in your spinal canal, or are allergic to any of the medications used during this process, you may not qualify.
What happens before the process?
Your Phoenix pain management doctor will conduct a medical exam and perform a medical history before they utilize this procedure, something which will likely involve an MRI or CT scan in conjunction with a bone scan to make a clear diagnosis of your condition before starting. If the fracture is too old, the procedure will not help.
What are the outcomes of the procedure?
Both procedures have incredible success rates over 85-95%. The risks are very low and most of the time the procedure is performed as an outpatient.
Arizona Pain offers vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty along with over 25 back and neck pain treatment options to help you obtain relief. Most insurance is accepted at all of the Phoenix pain clinics, call (602) 507-6550 today!