Approximately 700,000 osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures occur each year in the United States, yet only one-third are diagnosed. These fractures occur when one of the bones of the spinal column weaken and collapses. These fractures tend to be painful, and when left untreated, can impact overall well-being and health of the individual. Kyphoplasty is a potential treatment option for some of these fractures, and offers a less invasive approach.
A physical exam along with an X-ray can help determine if a spinal fracture has occurred. An MRI or bone scan can show if this procedure is right for you. The sooner you are diagnosed and treated for a vertebral fracture the better, so contact your doctor if you are concerned about a fracture.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that typically takes less than an hour. It is performed comfortably under moderate sedation, allowing the patient to be discharged following a short observation. The less invasive kyphoplasty procedure requires no hospitalization, incision or sutures compared to spinal fusion. Patients rapidly return to everyday activities such as walking, bending and lifting with significantly less pain.
When To Consider Kyphoplasty
- Back pain leading to limitations in daily activities
- Fractures related to osteoporosis or cancer
- Recent onset of pain and diagnosis of a compression fracture
Dr. Dunleavy will conduct an initial consultation that includes an assessment of your medical history, a physical exam, and review of your X-rays. Based on the consult, the most effective treatment options will be discussed, which may include kyphoplasty. Alternative treatment options may include bedrest, use of a back brace, long-term pain medication or surgery.
Benefits of Balloon Kyphoplasty
- Reduction in back pain
- Improvement in quality of life
- Improvement in mobility
- Improved ability to perform daily activities
- Regain independence
- Prevent long-term bedrest
- Shorter recovery period than surgery
- Less risk of complications than other treatment options
- Decreased mortality
To learn more about kyphoplasty or to schedule an appointment to see if it may be an option for you, call our direct line at (716) 929-9484