Spinal Fractures and Balloon Kyphoplasty Treatment
Updated: Dec 2, 2020
Am I at risk for a compression fracture?
Do you have sudden onset, sharp back pain that has lasted longer than 3 days?
Are you over 50 or postmenopausal?
Have you ever been diagnosed with osteoporosis or low bone mineral density?
Have you noticed a difference in spinal mobility, postural changes or height loss?
If one or more of these apply to you, you may benefit from an evaluation.
About Spinal Fractures
A Spinal fracture, also known as a Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF), occurs, when one of the bones of the spinal column weakens and collapses. Spinal fractures tend to be painful and, if left untreated, can adversely affect overall health and well-being. It is important that spinal fractures are diagnosed and treated by a physician. A physical exam, along with an X-ray, can help determine if a spinal fracture has occurred.
Note: The information presented is for educational purposes only and cannot replace the relationship that you have with your health care professional. It is important that you discuss the potential risks, complications and benefits of surgery with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your doctor's judgement. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.
Treating spinal fractures aims to make it easier for patients to return to everyday activities with significantly less pain than they had prior to the procedure. Studies report favorable patient outcomes after a Balloon Kyphoplasty procedure versus non-surgical treatment, such as:
3 times greater pain reduction
4 times greater quality of life
5 more days at one month of unrestricted activity compared to baseline
Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment that can repair spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis, cancer, or benign lesions. In this procedure, orthopedic balloons are used to lift the fractured bone and return it to the correct position. Performed under local anesthesia, the procedure typically takes less than an hour.
The complication rate of Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low. There are risks associated with the procedure, including serious complications, and though rare, some of which may be fatal. These include, but are not limited to heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and embolism. Other complications include infection and leakage of bone cement into the muscle or tissue. And it is important that you ask your provider and talk about other complications.
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