Vertebral fractures are normally the result of the progressive bone disease known as osteoporosis. Direct trauma and tumors are also possible causes of vertebral fractures in association with conditions such as kyphosis, obesity and chronic back pain. They are known as compression fractures and are the source of severe pain which can radiate to and affect surrounding spine tissues. Vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty are two types of minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures which can help alleviate pain to allow a patient the return to a healthy lifestyle.
Literature Review Shows Women Benefit from VP, BKP
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) released a review discussed on News-Medical.net which revealed vertebroplasty (VP) and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) were safe alternatives to traditional open back surgery for women suffering from a vertebral fracture. Vertebral augmentation to repair a fracture was once a procedure met with skepticism. The review entailed results which included:
- Relatively accelerated pain relief
- Increased range of mobility
- Fracture stabilization
- Height restoration
Vertebral Fractures Corrupt Lifestyle
Spine fractures of the thoracic and lumbar regions are detrimental to a patient’s active and normal lifestyle if left untreated. They promote a painful, sedentary lifestyle which can interfere with work, exercise and daily living. You don’t have to live with pain as innovative neurosurgery is available to help reinstate normal functions. Untreated vertebral fractures can trigger serious health complications such as:
- Pulmonary dysfunction
- Spinal deformity
- Degenerative disc disease
- Decreased mobility
- Severe back pain
Balloon kyphoplasty is performed in 5 steps: Balloon Placement, Balloon Inflation, Cavity Creation, Cavity Fill and Internal Cast. It can be done under local or general anesthesia. An incision of 1 cm ensures minimal blood loss and optimal recovery. Our spine specialists will utilize a needle and a cannula tube to guide and insert a balloon for inflation. The balloon will create the necessary space between vertebrae to relieve compression and restore the spine to its normal state.