Kyphoplasty Procedures for North Houston Patients
When you experience a compression fracture or break in one of your vertebrae, you may require a procedure known as kyphoplasty. This type of break results in your bone fragments rubbing against each other, making it especially difficult for you to move about freely. Also referred to as balloon vertebroplasty, a kyphoplasty procedure involves the direct injection of a special cement into your vertebrae using a balloon-like device that helps restore your vertebrae’s proper height and alleviate your pain. Depending upon the number of vertebrae being treated, this procedure may be completed in less than an hour, usually without a hospital stay. After kyphoplasty, it may be recommended that you take certain vitamins, minerals, and medications to help strengthen your bones and to prevent further spinal fractures.
When to Seek Kyphoplasty Treatment
Because the long-term effects of kyphoplasty haven’t been fully studied, this type of procedure is typically recommended for older patients with cancer-damaged vertebrae or those with osteoporosis or certain types of spinal fractures. They’re not usually recommended for those with herniated discs, back arthritis, or scoliosis. Because the risks of kyphoplasty may include infection, bleeding, increased back pain, nerve damage, and allergic reactions, you should consult your doctor to determine if this type of procedure is right for you. KSF Orthopaedic Center offers kyphoplasty procedures in North Houston. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation!