All about Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

The best minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures are Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty. If not treated, it could lead to the collapse of a vertebra causing the spine to shorten and curve forward from its usual position. This often causes pain and kyphotic deformity.

A common cause of vertebral compression fractures is osteoporosis (thinning of healthy bones). The other cause is pathologic fractures related to spinal tumors.

A hollow needle is inserted, trocar through the skin and into the vertebra while patients lie face down. To guide the trocar into proper position, fluoroscopy is used. Vertebroplasty or, an inflatable balloon-like device (kyphoplasty) is then inserted into the vertebra through the trocar. Inflationof the balloon causes opening up of a space that is filled with bone cement

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These two procedures are also used to restore the vertebra height and straightening out the curved spine.

Both procedures are used for the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures. Doctors may recommend the treatment after other treatments have proved inefficient to bring relief. They are ideal for patients with chronic pain or for conditions that often limit bed rest and prescribed medications.

The procedures may be performed on elderly patients and people who are prone toimpaired bone healing after a fracture, or individuals who suffer from osteoporosis due to long-term steroid treatment. If completed within eight weeks of the acute fracture,there are good chances of successful treatment.

People with painful and progressive back pain mainly due to osteoporotic or pathologic vertebral compression fractures are advised these procedures. People suffering from decreased mobility and function as a result of the fractures are also advised to go for these treatments. It is also recommended if the pain iscaused by vertebral fracture and not due to arthritis or stenosis. Spinal X-rays, bone scans,CT, and MRI scans are first done to confirm vertebral fracture.

General anesthesia is used during the two procedures. This largely depends on the doctor and the needs, circumstances and preferences of the patient. An overnight stay is generally recommended butin some cases patients are allowed to go the same afternoon.

The patients might experience some soreness on the sites which is resolved with a couple of days. For quick recovery,ice pack application on the area is advised.

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Pain relief and improved mobility has been observed immediately and sometimes, as soon as within 48 hours of the procedures.

Most patients are satisfied with the results with many being able to return to their lives just as before the vertebral fracture occurred.

Board Certified Los Angeles pain management doctors provide the two procedures, as well as counseling, education and guidance, as part of a holistic therapy.

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The Board Certified Los Angeles pain management doctors offer Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, along with counseling, education and guidance, all under one roof.