A kyphoplasty is a surgery that helps relieve back pain from spinal compression and restores spine shape. The procedure involves filling injured vertebrae to improve the mobility of the spine. A vertebroplasty is a similar medical procedure. Bone cement is implanted into the collapsed vertebrae to reduce back pain from vertebral compression fractures.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, our physicians are medically trained and certified to perform both procedures. To avoid surgical intervention, Dr. Burak Ozgur utilizes conservative treatments to relieve back pain and improve overall spinal function. ONE Brain and Spine Center, located in Irvine, serves the residents of surrounding California areas in an effort to provide the best brain and spine care.
The first vertebroplasty was performed in France in 1984. The procedure was in response to a cervical vertebral hemangioma. Since the firs surgery, the mechanisms and applications of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty have been greatly improved. New applications treat associated pain from vertebral compression fractures. During a procedure, a patient is put under local anesthesia and a surgeon injects acrylic cement with fluoroscopic guidance or CT guidance to control pain from osteoporosis, tumors, or trauma. Usually, a vertebroplasty can be performed in an outpatient facility, while a kyphoplasty will require a hospital stay. The risk of complications is typically low and pain reduction is felt immediately.
Physicians and surgeons will explain to patients that vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are not meant to treat intervertebral disc disease or arthritis. Rather, vertebroplasty treats pain conditions. The deposition of the acrylic cement may strengthen the osteoporotic bone and reduce the risk of a repeated fracture. However, a vertebroplasty will not restore the height of the vertebral body compression. A kyphoplasty is intended for height restoration by using a balloon tamp between the fracture before the methylmethacrylate infusion.
Often times, the fractures in the vertebrae are the result of osteoporosis, trauma, tumors, multiple myeloma, or hemangioma. Osteoporosis accounts for 700,000 fractures each year and approximately 260,000 of these incidences are vertebral compression fractures.
A number of degenerative disease and other conditions may cause the onset of osteoporosis. Some of these conditions include:
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Renal disease
With compression fractures, patients often feel immediate and debilitating back pain. If you or someone you know may have a vertebral fracture, contact a ONE Brain and Spine team member today.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
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