Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty

At IBS hospital we have one of the most modern and comprehensive medical centers in the country and hosts many national clinical and academic programs and is continuing to add major research and academic capabilities. Our neurological and neurosurgical departments offer all the procedures and techniques necessary for a precise diagnosis as well as for precise guidance during brain surgery. At IBS we have neurosurgeons to treat neurological diseases which include head injury, spinal injury, brain tumors and spinal tumors. We have specialization in treating seizures or epilepsy as well as modern treatments for movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

At IBS hospital we have one of the most modern and comprehensive medical centers in the country and hosts many national clinical and academic programs and is continuing to add major research and academic capabilities. Our neurological and neurosurgical departments offer all the procedures and techniques necessary for a precise diagnosis as well as for precise guidance during brain surgery. At IBS we have neurosurgeons to treat neurological diseases which include head injury, spinal injury, brain tumors and spinal tumors. We have specialization in treating seizures or epilepsy as well as modern treatments for movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

At IBS hospital we have one of the most modern and comprehensive medical centers in the country and hosts many national clinical and academic programs and is continuing to add major research and academic capabilities. Our neurological and neurosurgical departments offer all the procedures and techniques necessary for a precise diagnosis as well as for precise guidance during brain surgery. At IBS we have neurosurgeons to treat neurological diseases which include head injury, spinal injury, brain tumors and spinal tumors. We have specialization in treating seizures or epilepsy as well as modern treatments for movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for the management of vertebral compression fractures (VCF) where special cement is injected into a fractured vertebra and the bones that make up the spinal column. These procedures are helpful in immobilizing the bone fragments and reduce pain immediately.

On the other hand Kyphoplasty is procedure that may help restore the spine to a more normal alignment and prevent deformity to the spine. The procedure is helpful for someone who has had multiple fractures with previous wedging as it can prevent worsening of the deformity.

How is it done?

Both Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are similar procedures. In both procedures a hollow needle is passed through the skin of your back into the fractured vertebra, using an x-ray machine in correct placement.

In case of vertebroplasty the bone cement called polymethylmethacrylate is injected through the needle into the fractured bone. During kyphoplasty a balloon is first inserted and inflated to enlarge the compressed vertebra to its normal height before the space is filled with bone cement. Here the procedures are repeated for each affected vertebra. With the help of cement-strengthened vertebra it reduces their pain, allows patients to stand straight and avoids further fractures.

Benefits of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty include:

  • Short operating period
  • No bracing required.
  • General anesthesia or local anesthesia is quite less in quantity
  • Discharge from the hospital is on the same day (or less).
  • Faster recovery and returning to their normal activities.
Alternatives treatment

There are alternative treatments which surgeon may discuss for the vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty procedures. In conditions such as use of medication and weight loss to relieve pain with physical therapy and orthopedic braces may help in decompressing or mobilizing the spine because of mechanical techniques.

Risks and potential complications

The most general complications of any surgery comprise blood clots, bleeding, infection & reactions to anesthesia. The following are specific risks that should be considered.
  • Residual pain.
  • Cement leakage.
  • Nerve damage
  • New vertebral fractures.
Who is eligible for vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty?

The right candidates for Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are people with painful progressive back pain, secondary to osteoporotic or pathologic vertebral compression fractures. Most of the candidates for these procedures often experience very less mobility which ultimately results into fractures.

 

 

 

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