Verteboplasty & Kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are closely associated procedures which are performed using a hollow needle that is passed through the skin of the back into the fractured vertebra.

As mentioned that the procedures are alike what happen in vertebroplasty is that the bone cement is inserted through the hollow needle into the fractured bone whereas, in kyphoplasty, a balloon is first injected and inflated to expand the compressed vertebra to its natural height before filling the space with bone cement.

The methods are replicated for each affected vertebra. The cement-strengthened vertebra enables you to stand straight, decreases your pain, and limits further fractures. If you leave the patient without treatment, the fractures will ultimately heal, but in a collapsed position. The advantage of kyphoplasty is that the vertebra is rendered to normal position before the bone hardens. Patients who have undergone kyphoplasty report less pain after the treatment.

Studies show that people who get one osteoporotic fracture are 5 times more likely to develop further fractures. It is vital that people seek treatment for osteoporosis early before fractures happen.

Who is the right candidate for treatment ?

  • Individuals who have painful vertebral compression fractures can undergo Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty  
  • Individuals with osteoporosis or depletion of calcium in bones
  • Individuals with metastatic tumor
  • Individuals with multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow)
  • Individual with vertebral hemangioma (benign vascular tumor)