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