Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It is used to treat vertebral compression fractures. During vertebroplasty, a neuro spine surgeon uses a needle to inject a bone cement mixture directly into the fractured vertebra to stabilize it and relieve pain.
The procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia and using X-ray guidance to ensure accurate placement of the cement. It usually takes about an hour to complete, and patients can usually go home the same day.
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What distinguishes kyphoplasty from vertebroplasty?
Treatment options for discomfort brought on by vertebral body compression fractures include vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, both of which are relatively new procedures. In contrast to vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty involves the first inflation of a balloon inside the vertebral body to form a cavity into which cement is subsequently injected under reduced pressure.
Is an MRI required before kyphoplasty?
To determine whether you are a candidate for kyphoplasty, a CT or MRI of the spine may be necessary. If kyphoplasty is ineffective for treating your back discomfort, a CT or MRI may be used.
Kyphoplasty-is it an orthopaedic procedure?
Kyphoplasty, a procedure carried out by orthopaedic surgeons with specialised training, offers patients quick relief from chronic pain and enables them to resume an active lifestyle. Patients may experience severe, ongoing pain, deformity, and even nerve compression when the spine is fractured.