Is Kyphoplasty Surgery Right For Me?

Is Kyphoplasty Surgery Right For Me?

Surgery can be very scary to some people, especially when they are unaware of the procedure. They may avoid surgical options for fear of needles, knives, or being sedated. However, surgical treatment options for chronic pain do not have to be major procedures. They are sometimes very short, in-and-out procedures that provide relief quickly and for a long time. This can reduce the cost of daily medications for pain management. Kyphoplasty surgery may sound intimidating, but it is a quick, painless procedure that can help with many chronic pain issues.


What Is Kyphoplasty Surgery?


Kyphoplasty surgery involves injecting special cement into your vertebrae, with the first step of creating space for the treatment with a balloon-like device (balloon vertebroplasty). Kyphoplasty surgeries can restore a damaged vertebra’s height and can also relieve your chronic pain from the inflammation. You will be examined by a doctor, who may order blood for testing, use an X-ray, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to find the damage. With X-ray images, a needle is inserted through your skin and back to the bone. Then they inflate a balloon to help the vertebra regain its normal shape. Your doctor will inject the cement while checking X-rays to ensure it’s going into the right place, and no stitches are required after. You will be able to go home the same day of the procedure.

To be a candidate for a kyphoplasty, a patient's pain must be related to the vertebral fracture

Who Is A Candidate for Kyphoplasty Surgery?


To be a candidate for kyphoplasty, a patient’s pain must be related to the vertebral fracture, and must not be due to other problems, such as disc herniation, arthritis, or narrowing of the discs. They must make sure they are not treating another issue, as kyphoplasty may not cure those problems.


What Conditions Does This Surgery Treat?


  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Cancer-related spinal fractures
  • Sport-related spinal fractures


Risks of The Surgery


The risks of kyphoplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Increased back pain
  • Tingling, numbness or weakness because of nerve damage
  • Allergic reactions to chemicals used with X-rays to help guide the doctor
  • Cement leaking out of position


Some percutaneous kyphoplasty can be associated with severe postoperative complications. Spine surgeons and specialists should only perform this minimally invasive surgical procedure. The Arizona Pain Center has specialists who understand this procedure, help talk you through the risks, and evaluate if this surgery is right for your injury.

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