Spine fractures cause a lot of pain for many people. Some believe that they have to simply live through the pain, or perhaps undergo major surgery in order to get some relief. There is now a treatment option called Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty that is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that can reduce or eliminate back pain, and even increase a person’s overall mobility and quality of life.
Osteoporosis causes loss of bone strength and stability and is the underlying disease in most patients suffering from spinal fractures. In addition to osteoporosis, bone loss can occur as a side effect of medications such as corticosteroids, certain cancer treatments, and lifestyle choices including smoking, inactivity, and low calcium intake.
Report any new or unusual back pain to your doctor promptly. Early diagnosis can lead to more treatment options. A physical exam, together with an x-ray, can help determine whether you have a spinal fracture or not.
Why People Choose Balloon Kyphoplasty?
- Angular correction of deformity
- Restoration of vertebral body height
- Improved quality of life
- Significant reduction in back pain
Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, 15 minute procedure. The recovery time is minimal, and normal activities can be resumed almost immediately. Patients are often able to do more activities than they were able to do before the procedure.
What the Procedure Entails
The first step up of the procedure involves creating a space within the spine where the balloon can be inserted. The surgeon uses a hollow instrument to make a path into the fractured vertebra. Once in place, the balloon is inflated in order to get the collapsed bone back into the right position. When the bone is in place the balloon is deflated and removed. Before the bone can collapse, the space is filled with orthopedic cement which sets to form an internal cast.
Dedicated to Pain Management From All Sources
At Comprehensive Pain Specialists we are dedicated to reducing or eliminating pain from several different sources, not just spine pain. Pain from auto immune disorder such as lupus or fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, cancer related pain, sports injuries, and pain experienced after an accident are all things that we include in our individualized assessments.
We help with medication management, with a goal of finding the right level of drug or injection therapy that will allow for the best and most therapeutic outcomes. Our patients benefit from the input of our Board Certified Physicians who specialize pain management and are able to make a truly informed decision regarding their individualized treatment plan.