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Procedure descriptionKyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed within the acute phase of being diagnosed with a compression fracture. It is very similar to a vertebroplasty but with certain distinguishable differences. During the procedure a tiny balloon is inflated within the vertebral body to create space for the injection of a bony cement. This cement helps to solidify the vertebral segment and add support to the once compromised vertebral body.
When to ConsiderDue to the nature of fractures within human anatomy and the practice of medicine it is vitally important that if kyphoplasty is to be considered that the diagnosis of fracture be made early and procedure performed shortly thereafter. For optimal results kyphoplasty should be performed within 8 weeks from the onset of symptoms. Compression fractures can be caused from traumatic incident or pathologic disease such as osteoporosis or osteogenesis imperfecta. The fractures will typically be diagnosed through x-ray imaging and shortly after diagnosis a plan of care should be developed. Symptoms associated with spinal compression fractures are often very similar to the symptoms caused by other spinal pathologies You may experience the following
- Weakness in your extremities
- Radicular pain traveling through your arms and legs
- Difficulty bending or twisting
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
Recovery from kyphoplastyAs with other minimally invasive spinal procedures, a kyphoplasty can offer a very short recovery time. Because of the nature of the procedure and the intent being to add stability back to the vertebral body with the injected cement it is important to follow post-operative restrictions closely so as not to compromise the outcome of the procedure.
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