The Common man’s Guide to Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is performed to ease the pain as a result of compression fractures in the vertebral column. Osteoporosis is the predominant reason for occurrence of these compression fractures, but injuries and tumours can also lead to this condition. The goal of Kyphoplasty is to ease the pain, which can be significant in certain cases and to stabilize the vertebrae that have been affected. While the procedure is minimally invasive and Navaladi Endospine Care has performed several such procedures with excellent results, it is better for you to know what it entails if your surgeon has suggested Kyphoplasty for you. Since the blog strives to bring a varied level of knowledge to the reader, let us delve into what the common man needs to know about Kyphoplasty.

Preparation:

At navaladi Endospine Care the surgeon will determine if you are a proper candidate for Kyphoplasty. In order to arrive at this conclusion, an array of imaging tests will be conducted and the surgeon will evaluate the results along with direct personal consultations. Kyphoplasty cannot be done for natural spinal deformities and in some cases severe osteoporosis, as there will be no benefit. The benefit of Kyphoplasty will only be there in the case of compression fractures and the resultant debilitation associated with it. Typically the procedure should be performed within eight weeks of sustaining of such fracture, as otherwise the bones may have started to bond unevenly, and the procedure won’t bear any fruit.

Procedure:

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure and so there will not be major incisions or cutting away of tissue. The patient is usually given local anesthesia, but as the case may warrant general anesthesia will also be advised. Through a small hole that will be made, a tube will be inserted which will carry the endoscope, folded remotely operable tools and the deflated balloon. Once in, with the assistance of the camera feed, the surgeon will thread the balloon through the area of the fracture and will inflate it remotely so that the compression is alleviated and the vertebrae is also stabilized. This is why it is popularly referred to as Balloon Kyphoplasty as well.

Recovery:

The procedure of Kyphoplasty will give instant relief to the patient right after coming out of surgery. For some people there may not be immediate relief, but the symptoms may reduce gradually. Usually the surgeon will recommend an overnight stay at Navaladi Endospine Care just to observe and rule out secondary infections and so on, but the patients are good to go the very next day. In general they are advised to resume normal activities that would involve distention of the spine, however, heavy lifting would be banned for a few weeks till absolutely complete healing happens.

While it is a given that the care at Navaladi Endospine Care will be total and fulfilling, and every aspect will be taken care of, it is better for the general public to know what the procedure is all about.