Despite the fact that osteoporosis causes approximately 700,000 spinal fractures on an annual basis, more than two-thirds of these cases are likely to go undiagnosed.
No patient should have to live with long-term pain or debilitating bone damage. That’s why our team offers services to ensure that our patients can stand tall again — and with restored comfort.
In many cases, when a patient suffers a vertebral fracture, it is pathological in nature. In other words, it is the result of a disease such as cancer or osteoporosis which may weaken their bones depending on the severity of their condition.
That being said, patients do also experience vertebral fractures as a result of other forms of physical trauma.
As a result, a patient likely won’t experience standalone pain. Specifically, they may also combat:
● Spinal compression
● Difficulty breathing
● Impaired mobility
● And more
Kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to eliminate spinal compression and directly treat the fractured vertebra.
During this process, an interventional radiologist will use x-ray imaging to guide small tubes through incisions on the patient’s back and into the fracture. Once positioned properly, small balloons will be inserted and inflated through the tubes in order to restore the damaged vertebra to its proper height or positioning.
This will also provide the necessary space for the doctor to inject a specialized medical cement, which is designed to both fill and seal the fracture.
Patients may be a candidate for kyphoplasty if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
● They are experiencing prolonged pain and/or impaired mobility as a result of their vertebral fracture
● They are living with a pre-existing condition that has caused the fracture in question
● They have attempted other traditional methods for treating their fractured vertebra but have not healed properly or found relief