Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
What are Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs)?
Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) occur when the bony block or vertebral body in the spine collapses, which can lead to severe pain, deformity and loss of height. These fractures more commonly occur in the thoracic spine (the middle portion of the spine), especially in the lower part.
What is Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are procedures used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures (spine fractures) in the spinal column, which are a common result of osteoporosis or trauma.
Symptoms and causes
- Acute back pain
- Subacute back pain
- Intense midline pain
- Referred or band-like radiating pain (not to the legs)
- Unresponsive to medical therapy
- History of Osteoporotic fracture(s)
- Low weight
- Steroid use
- Lack of exercise
- Calcium/vitamin D deficiency
How Much time for pain relief after procedure?
Some patients feel pain relief even before getting off the procedure table. This procedure provides significant relief and avoids the use of narcotics.
What is ideal time to get this procedure done for this type of spinal fracture?
The best time to do a vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty is within 2 weeks of the fracture.