What to Expect Before, During, and After Kyphoplasty

Are you dealing with damaged vertebrae due to osteoporosis, fractures, or cancer? Do you experience pain, have limited movement, or are hunched in the upright position? If so, kyphoplasty may be able to help you.

At the Spine & Pain Institute of Florida in Lakeland, Florida, Navdeep Jassal, MD, offers a range of treatments, including kyphoplasty, to help patients manage chronic spinal pain. 

Are you a candidate for kyphoplasty?

If your back pain is caused by a specific set of conditions, kyphoplasty may help. Typically, kyphoplasty is recommended for patients with weak bones caused by osteoporosis, or cancer, or for patients who have suffered a spinal bone fracture. If you have back pain caused by a herniated disc, kyphoplasty likely wouldn’t be the recommended choice of treatment. 

You need to be reasonably healthy and not obese for kyphoplasty surgery. Dr. Jassal can review your medical history, back pain, and medical scans to see if kyphoplasty is the right choice for you. 

How kyphoplasty works

Kyphoplasty, also called balloon vertebroplasty, is a procedure that basically consists of creating space within your injured vertebrae and then filling this space with a medical cement that will help restore flexibility and height to the damaged structure of the bone. 

Undergoing kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is usually a relatively quick procedure, but it still involves a small amount of preparation and a period of recovery time. 

Before kyphoplasty

First, Dr. Jassal will take X-rays to get the extent of your condition and decide how to proceed.   If you suspect you’ve fractured a spinal bone, come in right away. You’re chances of successfully treating the problem increase the sooner you get treated.

During kyphoplasty

During your procedure, for which you’ll be asleep, Dr. Jassal will insert a long, thin needle into the treatment area. Then a balloon will be inflated at the end of the needle to make space. Once the space is created, the balloon will be deflated, and cement will be transported through the needle to fill the space. 

After kyphoplasty

Dr. Jassa might need to monitor you for a day or two before you can return home. After that, you should feel much better in a couple of days. The procedure is minimally invasive, so you won’t even need stitches.

Kyphoplasty success rates

In one study of 350 patients with an average pain rating of 8.7 on a scale of 0-10, three months after kyphoplasty, the 293 respondents to a follow-up survey had an average pain rating of only 2.7. Results will vary depending on your condition. Dr. Jassal will inform you of the likely benefits before your procedure.

To see if you’re a candidate for kyphoplasty, book an appointment online or over the phone with Spine & Pain Institute of Florida today.

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