When a bone in the spine breakdowns, it is known as a vertebral compression fracture. These fractures commonly happen in the thoracic spine (the central part of the spinal cord).
The basic cause of compression fractures of the spine is because of the excessive pressure on the vertebral body. The other common causes of the fractures are, degenerated disc disease, severe spinal conditions, etc.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal treatment performed by our special spinal surgeons in NJ to treat painful, compression vertebral fractures, which sometimes cause disability. Kyphoplasty includes the use of a device called a balloon tamp to recover the shape and height of the vertebral part. The treatment can remove or reduce pain and prevent it from any further damage.
Symptoms That Require Thoracic Kyphoplasty
The following are the symptoms of a vertebral compression fracture, which may result in spine surgery.
- Abrupt onset of back pain.
- Intensification of pain instantly while standing or walking.
- A decline in pain intensity while lying on the back.
- Restricted spinal mobility.
- Eventual height loss.
- Eventual deformity and disability.
How is Thoracic Kypoplasty Performed?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spine surgery procedure that has fewer risks of complication, and short recovery time period than any other surgery.
This new procedure includes a further procedure implemented before the cement is inserted into the vertebra. First, two small openings are made, and a probe is sent into the vertebral space where the fracture is found. Then the bone is drilled, and one balloon (bone tamp) is inserted on both sides. The two balloons are then overblown with a gap (visualize image using X-ray) unless they increase to the preferred height and removed. Then cement is filled in the spaces made by the balloons. Kyphoplasty is a procedure with the best advantage of restoring your spine health.
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What Is the Success Rate of Kyphoplasty?
- Thoracic kyphoplasty has a success rate of around 90 percent or more.
- For best results, you must follow your surgeons’ instructions and get through your physical therapy.
What Is the Recovery Time After Kyphoplasty?
- After thoracic kyphoplasty, you can get pain relief almost immediately, or in the following two days.
- You should avoid physical exertion like heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
- You can expect to bet better in six weeks and be fully recovered in six months.
What Type of Doctor Does Kyphoplasty?
- A board-certified neuro-spine surgeon is trained to perform kyphoplasty.
- Other trained doctors include orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and interventional radiologists specializing in spine treatments can perform kyphoplasty.
Is Kyphoplasty a Major Surgery?
- Thoracic kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure and is often performed using general anesthesia.
- The procedure is typically carried out as an outpatient procedure, and the patient is discharged the same day.