Patients experiencing significant pain from compression fractures of the spine may benefit from kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty to stabilize the spine and in turn provide functional improvement. Most fractures of the spine heal on their own. For these patients, this procedure may not be necessary. However, patients that have not obtained improvement with nonsurgical treatment, such as rest, pain medicine and bracing, then Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty offers an appealing alternative. If you have experienced a significant decrease in mobility and function following an osteoporotic fracture of the spine, you may be a good candidate for either of these procedures.
How a Kyphoplasty is Performed
Kyphoplasty in Las Vegas is performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Your doctor will the numb the area and without a cut, a trochar is inserted with a ballon device directly into the area within the fracture. The balloon is inflated and then deflated to create some space for a cement mixture that is left to harden in the space.
How a Verterbroplasty is Performed
The verterbroplasty is also performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia and involves inserting a needle into the vertebrae in order to inject the cement substance. Fluoroscopy (live time x-ray) is utilized to determine the best position for the needle and the injection of the cement mixture.
Recovering from a Kyphpolasty or Veterbroplasty in Las Vegas
Both procedures cause minimal disruption of the surrounding tissues and most patients obtain improvement of their condition. These are minimally invasive procedures in which patients can return home the same day. The majority of patients undergoing these procedures are satisfied with the results and can over time resume many of their activities as they performed prior to their injury.
Schedule your appointment for a kyphoplasty or verterbroplasty in Las Vegas today.