Kyphoplasty: Overview, Advantages, & Eligibility Criteria
When the bones in our spine fracture or break, the resulting pain and troubling symptoms can become incapacitating. A minimally invasive kyphoplasty is a state-of-the-art procedure that can resolve these painful breaks. A brief procedure that involves no incisions and precise instruments to target the affected vertebra, a kyphoplasty allows the patient a swift return to their everyday activities.
Typically utilizing general anesthesia, your surgeon will enter the body through the use of large needles instead of an incision. Using continuous X-ray imaging during this process, your surgeon will insert one of the long needles into the vertebral crevice created by the fracture. Through the mechanism of pressurized liquid, your surgeon will inflate a balloon into this gap to restore the original height of the vertebra. Additionally, your surgeon will use a second needle to inject a cement-like substance into the space created by the balloon. Great care and surgical precision ensures that the cement does not seep into adjacent areas or onto nearby nerves.
With the cement requiring only a short time to dry, the surgeon will then remove the needle from the body. Because there are no incisions, the only closure needed for the surgery will be a bandage over the puncture marks. Following a short time spent under observation in the recovery room, most patients will be able to return home the same day, with minimal pain experienced.
Advantages of a Kyphoplasty
As with many state-of-the-art procedures, a minimally invasive kyphoplasty affords many advantages when compared with the traditional procedures that require large incisions and extended recovery times. In contrast, the benefits of a kyphoplasty include:
- No incisions required; needles are used to puncture the skin & access the affected vertebrae
- No damage to surrounding muscles & nerves means a less painful and short recovery
- Little to no external or internal scarring, avoiding future problems associated with scar tissue
- Performed as an outpatient procedure; most patients return home on the same day as surgery
- The durable cement used in vertebral restoration avoids post-surgical complications
Dr. George S. Naseef, MD, at the Advanced Spine Center of New Jersey specializes in the treatment of traumatic spinal fractures. An expert in minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Naseef is adept at performing state-of-the-art kyphoplasties and other restorative procedures. If you are suffering from a fracture, don’t wait to get help any longer. Call our experts at the Advanced Spine Center today at (973) 538-0900.
Eligibility Requirements for Kyphoplasty
If you have recently fractured a vertebra in your spine, it is important to take action early. If fractured bones are permitted to heal in abnormal shapes or directions, additional complications such as spinal deformities or pinched nerves may develop.
There are some situations, however, that may bar an individual from receiving a kyphoplasty. If there is infection in or near the fracture, if one is allergic to the surgical materials, if the fracture is stable and symptom-free, or if there is severe instability in the spine caused by osteoporosis, then a kyphoplasty may not be the best treatment option for you. Call the Advanced Spine Center today at (973) 538-0900 to create a personalized treatment plan for your recovery.