Minimally invasive kyphoplasty, like vertebroplasty, stabilizes cracked or collapsed spinal bones. Kyphoplasty can be used to restore a collapsed vertebra to its normal height. With a kyphoplasty procedure, balloons are inserted into the hairline fractures or cracks and filled with cement to stabilize the bones.
The results were dramatic. Bodybuilder David Noonan was nearly pain-free in a matter of weeks and quickly started his rehabilitation schedule.
Typically, the cracks in the bones are caused by osteoporosis.
The small balloon is inflated inside the crack to open it and restore the normal height of a collapsed vertebra. Fast-setting bone cement is injected to fill the cavity. Patients typically go home the same day.
Kyphoplasty works best in patients who have had increasing back pain caused by cracked or collapsed spinal bones. These patients may have reduced ability to move or go about their usual activities because of the pain. Additionally, the pain must be related to the broken or cracked bones, and not a different issue such as herniated discs, arthritis or stenosis.
The specialists at Norton Leatherman Spine, along with the neurosurgeons at Norton Neuroscience Institute, have decades of experience, training and a worldwide reputation for providing excellent care.
Our specialists recommend kyphoplasty when more conservative methods of treatment haven’t relieved symptoms.
Most people report pain relief within a few days after kyphoplasty surgery. Recovery may require physical therapy. Patients typically can go back to normal activities soon after surgery.
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