If you’re suffering from back pain because of breaks, fractures, or weakening in your vertebrae, kyphoplasty may provide relief. The dedicated doctors at Space City Pain Specialists in Webster, Baytown, League City, and Lake Jackson, Texas, rely on minimally invasive techniques, like kyphoplasty, to manage pain conditions by treating the source of your discomfort. To see if you’re a good candidate for kyphoplasty, call Space City Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.
Kyphoplasty is a surgical treatment to repair a break or fracture in a vertebra. During this procedure, your pain management specialist injects a cement mixture into your vertebra to strengthen and restore height to the bone and reduce your discomfort.
A kyphoplasty procedure usually takes less than an hour but can take longer if you’re treating multiple vertebrae at once. Many people experience pain relief immediately following their kyphoplasty procedure.
The team at Space City Pain Specialists might recommend kyphoplasty to correct a variety of conditions. This procedure is often used to treats bones weakened by cancer or breaking due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that reduces your bone density, which leads to fragile and structurally weak bones. In these cases, your doctor might even suggest kyphoplasty as a preventive therapy.
Kyphoplasty is also commonly used to treat recent vertebral fractures. In most cases, however, kyphoplasty isn’t recommended for conditions like arthritis, herniated discs, or scoliosis.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for kyphoplasty, your doctor performs a comprehensive exam that includes imaging tests, like X-ray and MRI scans, to visualize the area and outline a plan to repair your vertebrae.
During kyphoplasty, you lie on your stomach. If needed, your team shaves the treatment site before it's cleaned and sterilized. They also inject a local anesthetic into the area for your comfort.
To perform kyphoplasty, your doctor inserts a trocar, or hollow needle, into the area using fluoroscopy. This special kind of X-ray helps them precisely guide the trocar through your tissue and into the correct location in your bone.
Once the trocar is in place, your Space City doctor inserts a small balloon into it. He then inflates this balloon to create space in your vertebra for the cement mixture. After inflating the balloon and injecting the bone cement, he uses digital imaging tests to ensure it’s evenly distributed.
When the cement mixture is properly placed, your doctor removes the trocar. Kyphoplasty doesn’t require stitches, and you can often go home the same day.
For more information on kyphoplasty as a pain-relieving or preventive treatment, call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.