A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) can lead to excruciating back pain that makes it difficult to function as you normally would. The neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute in Tulsa, Sallisaw, and Claremore, Oklahoma, treat VCF with a minimally invasive procedure called kyphoplasty. What makes kyphoplasty different from alternative treatments is that it simultaneously treats your compression fracture and addresses the curvature of your spine to lengthen it. Call Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute to book an appointment.
Kyphoplasty is a type of vertebral augmentation surgery that treats fractures in the vertebrae. During the procedure, your Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute neurosurgeon inserts and inflates a small balloon in your affected vertebrae to create additional space.
Most surgeons combine kyphoplasty with a procedure called vertebroplasty, which involves injecting a cement-like mixture into the vertebrae to strengthen it. The inflated cavity left behind by the balloon allows just enough room to inject this mixture.
You may need kyphoplasty if you have a VCF, a condition that causes the bones in your spine to collapse or weaken. This can lead to the bones in your spine rubbing together, making it difficult to move without pain.
While there are many reasons people get a VCF, the most common is osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the muscles and causes them to break easily. You can also get a VCF from a sudden accident, sports injury, or bone tumor.
A VCF can lead to excruciating pain without treatment. Some of the most common symptoms of a vertebral compression fracture include:
With early intervention, the experienced neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute can treat your VCF before it further impacts your quality of life.
Prior to the procedure, your neurosurgeon may ask you to stop taking medications that can prevent your blood from clotting. Depending on the location and severity of your fracture, they may administer either local or general anesthetic to numb you during the procedure.
Your provider uses X-ray guidance to guide them toward your fractured vertebrae after inserting the needle into your spine. Through the needle, they insert a small balloon device into the correct area and inflate it.
Inflating the balloon is an essential step in kyphoplasty, as it helps restore height to your vertebrae. Once the balloon forms a cavity around the fractured vertebrae, your provider injects the cement mixture to stop it from collapsing again.
After surgery, you can typically go home as long as you have a friend or relative to drive you. You may experience soreness after the procedure, but this should subside over the next few days.
If you think kyphoplasty is right for you, call Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute to schedule an appointment.