What is a Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is also known as vertebral augmentation. It's a spinal procedure utilizing fluoroscopy guidance where a special bone cement is injected through a small hole in the skin into a fractured vertebra to relieve pain caused by a compression fracture.
How do you get a compression fracture?
Most often, the cause of compression fractures are soft or weakened bones as a result of osteoporosis. When the bones are compromised such as in the case of osteoporosis, everyday activities such as lifting/bending, missing a step/falling, even coughing or sneezing can result in the brittle bone(s) to collapse or fracture.
Sometimes medication can help ease the discomfort after a compression fracture.
Wearing A Brace
Often times you will be prescribed a brace to help maintain good posture and provide support while the fracture attempts to heal.
If after approximately 6 weeks, you're still having pain associated with a compression fracture, you may be a candidate for a kyphoplasty.
Benefits of Kyphoplasty
There are many benefits to having a kyphoplasty following a compression fracture or even multiple fractures. The primary benefit is the correction and stabilization of the vertebral deformity. Other benefits include the following: