The vertebrae are a series of bones that make up the spine. When one fractures, it can put pressure on surrounding nerves. This can cause intense pain and disability. The bones may be repaired with a procedure called kyphoplasty.
In kyphoplasty, a balloon is used to create a cavity to inject the cement into. This procedure is designed to relieve pain. Kyphoplasty also restores the height of the bone. This can decrease the spinal deformity caused by the fracture.
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What to Expect
Your doctor will begin by making a small incision in your back. A tiny drill will be used to create an opening in the bone. A special balloon will be passed through. The balloon will be inflated to open the space and correct the deformity. After the balloon is removed, acrylic cement will be injected into the cavity. This will help to maintain the correction.
Immediately after the procedure you may have a CT scan to confirm the position of the cement. You will stay on your stomach for about 10-20 minutes. This will allow the cement to harden. You will then be moved to a recovery room. You will be asked to lie on your back for another hour or so.
You may notice some discomfort at the site of the needle insertion or the tiny incision. This is often relieved through the use of an ice pack (use only for 15 minutes per hour).
Acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also help. You may also be given medication to prevent muscle spasm.