If you’re suffering from chronic pain because of broken or fractured vertebrae, minimally invasive kyphoplasty can offer relief without the risks of surgery. At North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center in Rowlett and Sherman, Texas, the team provides a broad array of treatments ranging from therapeutic injections to kyphoplasty and is one of the only practices in the area to offer this treatment. To find safe and effective pain relief, call North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center or schedule an appointment online.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment designed to repair a broken or fractured vertebra. During this procedure, your pain management specialist restores the strength and height of your compressed vertebra by injecting a special cement inside the bone.
In most cases, kyphoplasty takes less than an hour. If your provider has to correct multiple vertebrae at one time, however, your procedure can take a little bit longer.
Most men and women have immediate pain relief after undergoing kyphoplasty.
The skilled team at North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center might recommend kyphoplasty for a variety of reasons. But, it’s most commonly used to repair vertebrae weakened from cancer or osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a common condition that causes you to lose bone density. When this occurs, your bones grow structurally weak and fragile, making them vulnerable to breaks and fractures. Depending on the state of your bones, your doctor could even recommend kyphoplasty as a preventive therapy to reduce your risk of breaks and fractures in the future.
To find out if kyphoplasty is right for you, your doctor conducts a comprehensive physical exam that includes digital imaging tests, like X-rays and MRI scans, to clearly visualize the area in question and determine the best way of repairing your vertebrae.
When you have kyphoplasty, you lie on your stomach throughout the entire procedure. The team prepares the treatment site by cleaning and sterilizing it, and they might also shave it if necessary. To keep you comfortable during your treatment, you receive a local anesthetic by injection in the area.
To repair your vertebra, your provider inserts a hollow needle called a trocar into the treatment site using fluoroscopy. This special X-ray helps them locate the specific area needing repair so they can guide the trocar into place.
After placing your trocar, your doctor inserts a small balloon into your vertebra to create space by inflating it. At this time, they can inject the special bone cement into the cavity.
When your kyphoplasty procedure is complete, your provider removes the trocar. Stitches aren’t required, and you can typically go home the same day.
To see if you’re a good candidate for kyphoplasty, call North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center or request an appointment online today.