If a spinal compression fracture and the pain associated with it prevents you from staying active, the pain management physicians at NovaSpine Pain Institute in Sun City West, Sun City, and Gilbert, Arizona, offer lasting solutions. They use minimally invasive kyphoplasty to repair fractures and restore the quality of your life. Schedule an appointment with NovaSpine Pain Institute by phone or use the online contact form to learn more about kyphoplasty.
Kyphoplasty, also called vertebroplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure your pain specialist uses to treat chronic, severe pain after a compression fracture of the spine.
During kyphoplasty, your doctor places specialized needles into a compressed vertebral body and creates a cavity with a medical balloon. They use bone cement to stabilize the fracture and relieve your pain.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for kyphoplasty, your doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine you and can use blood tests or imagine procedures like MRIs or X-rays to locate fractures in your spine and let you know if kyphoplasty is right for you.
Prior to the procedure, an anesthesiologist at NovaSpine Pain Institute gives you a sedative through an IV to relieve discomfort and relax you during kyphoplasty.
Your pain doctor uses fluoroscopic guidance to insert a needle into your spine and inflate the balloon, allowing your vertebra to regain its original structure.
They then inject special bone cement into the injured area with precision and accuracy. Your doctor removes the needle and no stitches are necessary while you recover.
The procedure usually takes about an hour, but it depends on the number of vertebrae your pain specialist needs to repair.
After kyphoplasty, you spend some time in a recovery room. It’s common for patients to find themselves able to walk around soon after the procedure. You can likely go home the same day but must have somebody drive you home.
You can experience mild soreness or muscle spasms in the treatment area, but this will last just a few days. Use over-the-counter pain medicine, ice, or heat to reduce discomfort while you heal.
You notice pain relief soon after the procedure. Your doctor lets you know if there are any activities you should avoid until you fully recover.
They might recommend taking certain medications or dietary supplements to strengthen your bones and prevent further spinal fractures.
Don’t live with pain caused by spinal compression fractures when minimally invasive solutions are within reach. Call the pain experts at NovaSpine Pain Institute for an appointment today or use the online contact form.