Kyphoplasty for Osteoarthritis
- Posted on: Jan 28 2016
Kyphoplasty is a new minimally invasive treatment that treats osteoporotic fractures. Most patients can return to their regular activities after this procedure. Our physicians will perform a diagnostic evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for Kyphoplasty, as well as discuss all associated risks and benefits.
Osteoporosis is a disease affecting more than 28 million Americans. The disease gradually weakens bones and causes them to become brittle, sometimes to the point of breaking.
Severe osteoporosis can cause compression fractures in the spine, resulting in the collapse of the spine, as well as severe pain, spine deformity and loss of height. If left untreated, this condition can cause other serious health problems, including chronic or severe pain, limited function and reduced mobility, decreased lung capacity and/or difficulty sleeping.
How Does a Kyphoplasty Procedure Work?
If our physicians determines that you are a candidate for kyphoplasty, he will perform the procedure under either local or general anesthesia. He will need to make two small incisions.
First, he will insert a special balloon called the KyphX Inflatable Bone Tamp, and gently inflate it inside the fractured vertebrae. The balloon’s job is to restore height to the bone to reduce deformity in the spine.
The spaces created by the balloons are then filled with orthopedic cement called polymethylmethacrylate, or PMMA, which binds the fracture. As the cement hardens, height is restored, providing strength and stability to the vertebra and relieving pain.
Do you or someone you know suffer from osteoporosis?
Contact the Long Island offices of Action Sports Medicine & Pain Management today to learn more about our Kyphoplasty procedure. Call us at 516-747-5042 or click here to fill out and submit an online form.
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