Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat spinal fractures caused by compression. After a thorough evaluation, one of our doctors will assess whether you have a compression fracture, and determined whether you need Kyphoplasty. Before the procedure, you’ll be provided with information regarding eating, drinking and medications.
The procedure can be done with either sedation or general anesthesia, and typically lasts one hour. During the procedure, one of our doctors will guide a narrow tube into your back in order to create a direct passageway to the fracture. Our doctor will then insert a special balloon through the tube and gently inflate it, causing your fracture to elevate. The balloon is then removed and special instruments are used to fill the empty space created by the balloon – comparable to having a cavity filled at the dentist’s office.
After the procedure, you will rest in the recovery room for one hour to ensure the effects of anesthesia have worn off. For the first day, you should remain in bed except for using the bathroom. For 6 weeks following the treatment you should avoid any heavy lifting to ensure proper healing.
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