A minimally invasive kyphoplasty requires a very small incision where a needle is placed into a compressed vertebrae and bone cement is injected to help stabilize a vertebrae. A Kyphoplasty can be performed through an tiny 3 millimeter incision and performed as an outpatient procedure. A kyphoplasty is usually suggested to relieve the pain of a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Steps of a Kyphoplasty
• A small incision is made in your back. The doctor uses this opening to place a narrow tube to create a path to the fractured vertebrae.
• A special balloon is inserted through the tube. The surgeon will slowly inflate the balloon. As it inflates, the compression fracture is lifted and returns the pieces to a more normal position.
• The balloon is removed and the cavity created by the balloon is filled with a special bone cement
• The cement hardens and stabilizes the bone.
- Conditions Treated by a Kyphoplasty
- Vertebral Compression Fractures
Benefits of a Minimally Invasive Kyphoplasty
• Smaller incisions
• Faster, non-complicated healing
• Less blood loss
• Less pain
• Quicker rehabilitation
A minimally invasive kyphoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure, has a quick recovery and a very good long-term prognosis. Pain relief is normally immediate following the procedure with no physical therapy or work restrictions needed.
Minimally Invasive Techniques
DISC of Louisiana offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.
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