If you experience a vertebral compression fracture due to osteoporosis, an automobile accident, or work-related injury, kyphoplasty can limit the pain and improve your quality of life. The team at Broward Specialty Group, with three convenient locations in Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, and Pompano Beach, Florida, specializes in minimally invasive spine surgeries, including kyphoplasty. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat vertebral fractures. Your Broward Specialty Group surgeon carefully inserts a small balloon into an incision in your spinal tissue during kyphoplasty. Then they inflate the balloon, restoring height to your damaged vertebrae.
Afterward, your surgeon injects a solution of acrylic bone cement into the same incision. This holds the balloon in place and prevents further damage to your affected vertebrae.
Kyphoplasty treats vertebral compression fractures (VCF). A VCF occurs when one or more of your spinal vertebrae collapses, causing pain, deformity, and loss of height.
Anyone can experience a VCF, but they’re especially common in older people with osteoporosis. Other common causes of VCF include automobile accidents, sports-related injuries, and spinal tumors.
Many people with VCFs respond to conservative treatments like bracing. However, if you experience severe pain and it doesn’t improve over time, kyphoplasty may be necessary.
Before recommending kyphoplasty, Broward Specialty Group conducts an in-office consultation. During this appointment, your surgeon reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and performs a physical exam.
If you’ve tried various conservative measures to relieve pain caused by a VCF without any success, you’re likely a good candidate for kyphoplasty. In the days leading up to your operation, your provider asks you to stop taking drugs that make it difficult for your blood to clot, including aspirin.
The night before your kyphoplasty, you need to fast. This means avoiding all food and drink for at least 12 hours. Depending on your health history, your provider might also ask you to take prescription medication before your operation.
In most cases, Broward Specialty Group performs kyphoplasty as an outpatient procedure allowing you to return home on the same day as your operation. You’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home because the anesthesia takes several hours to wear off.
In the days following your kyphoplasty, it’s typical to experience some pain and discomfort at the site where your surgeon administered the balloon and cement. This should subside within a week.
Take your medications as prescribed, follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions, and attend all of your follow up appointments.
To learn more about kyphoplasty, schedule an appointment at Broward Specialty Group. Call the office or book a consultation online today.