At Premier Vein and Pain Center, we use kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation) and vertebroplasty , which are both minimally invasive procedures, to stabilize a compression fracture of a vertebra. This stabilization prevents further damage to the vertebra and reduces the pain resulting from the fracture. Both procedures involve placing cement into the fractured vertebra through small incisions in the skin using x-ray guidance to ensure proper placement.
In a kyphoplasty, also known as vertebral augmentation, Dr. Quickert uses a surgical instrument or device (typically a kind of balloon) to reshape the broken vertebra into its original form, then uses stabilizing cement to help the vertebra keep that shape. The goal of the procedure is to stabilize the spine and stop the pain, as with a vertebroplasty, but also restore some or all of the lost height of the vertebra as a result of the compression fracture. Kyphoplasty is typically used for compression fractures from osteoporosis to help restore height to the spine.
In a vertebroplasty, the goal is to stabilize the spine and stop the pain. Dr. Quickert uses a type of cement used for years in orthopedic procedures to strengthen the vertebra, but doesn’t do anything additional to change its shape. The procedure, which takes about an hour, involves using a needle under x-ray guidance to inject special acrylic bone cement into the spaces of a fractured vertebra to stabilize it. The cement takes about 10 minutes to harden, and the patient is free to leave shortly afterwards.
Clients with compression fractures that are well suited to be treated with vertebroplasty have painful, non-healing fractures that are usually caused by osteoporosis, but those who have fractures as a result of tumors may also be good candidates.
Compression fractures ideal for treatment with kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty include those that involve a weakened spine and happen as a result of:
- Multiple myeloma
- Kidney disease
- Metastatic disease
If you have any questions about kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation) or vertebroplasty, please contact us.