A kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to stop the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture.
What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair spinal fractures. It takes about an hour (per level) to treat a fracture with balloon kyphoplasty, and the procedure is done on an outpatient basis.
Kyphoplasty can reduce or eliminate back pain from a spinal fracture, as well as restore vertebral body height.
How Does a Kyphoplasty Work?
Watch this animation to see how a kyphoplasty works:
Consequences of Untreated Spinal Fractures
If a spinal fracture is left untreated, the vertebra may heal in the "broken" or "caved in" position. This can lead to increased forward curvature, or kyphosis, the medical term for the visible postural change that people refer to as a "dowager's hump" or "hunchback."
If you are suffering from a spinal fracture, Contact Deuk Spine Institute to find out if you are a candidate for the kyphoplasty procedure. Contact Us or call 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK today to schedule your evaluation.
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