Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty ( Spine Surgery) Neuro Surgery

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Published on June 1, 2015 by HWC Team

Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty (Spine Surgery) Neuro Surgery

People who are in-between 60 to 65 years often suffer from back pain. Osteoporosis mostly results in vertebra compression that collapses the vertebra body leading to fracture. People who are experiencing this tend to lose bone mass, which makes their spine weak. At this level, spine will no longer be able to take the body weight and hence patients will experience severe back pain and their height will be progressively reduced.

Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty are the most effective and minimal invasive pain reducing treatments for the elderly patients.

Kyphoplasty is process of rectifying the compression fracture of the spine. In this, a special instrument with a deflated balloon is put into a fractured vertebra and is inflated to create a hole in the fracture. Once this is done, the balloon is carefully removed and bone cement is then inserted into the cavity that hardens quickly. This will stabilize, strengthen and helps vertebra to regain its original shape.

Vertebroplasty is a minimal invasive surgical process, in which physicians make use of image guidance to inject cement mixture into the fractured vertebra bone through two hollow vertical needles. The bone cement quickly hardens and stabilizes the fracture, thus offering structural support to the vertebra.

Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty relieves pain and gives stability to the spine. These surgeries will help stabilize compressed fractures and angle of the affected vertebrae, thus helping it to regain its normal shape and height.

Both these treatments are suitable for patients who:

  • Are elderly or frail and have impaired bone healing after a fracture
  • Have vertebral compression because of malignant tumor
  • Suffer from osteoporosis because of metabolic disorders or long-term steroid treatment

These surgical treatments should be done within eight weeks of the acute fracture to ensure good results.

What are the benefits?

  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty will increase functional abilities of the patients and enables them to regain their previous functional activity without undergoing any physical therapy or rehabilitation
  • These surgeries can combat the pain caused by a vertebral compression fracture. Since these treatments are effective and safe, most patients can gain relief within few days
  • No incision is required-only a small cut in the skin that does not have to be stitched is enough
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