Over time, individuals experience slight changes in their bone structure and posture. In the later stages of human life, bone density decreases resulting in fractures. In order to aid these fractures, a procedure called Kyphoplasty is performed. Continue reading to learn more.
Kyphoplasty is a procedure given to patients who have low bone density and fractures along their spine or other bones. Commonly, postmenopausal women tend to have a low bone density called Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. Osteoporotic spine fracture can heal with time, but the healing process results in a bent or slanted posture over time with pain.
Treatments include medications like Calcitonin, bracing, and lastly, if the results worsen, Kyphoplasty.
Kyphoplasty is an outpatient procedure. In Kyphoplasty two small cuts are made where the fracture is apparent. The surgeon then inserts balloons in place of the fracture so it can be prepped for cementation. After the procedure pain is relieved to a certain extent.
If you have questions about kyphoplasty, contact our BOARD CERTIFIED spine surgeon at Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute