When left untreated, vertebral compression fractures may lead to spinal deformity, chronic back pain, and disability. The experienced physicians at Wisconsin Spine and Pain perform vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty to treat these types of fractures. These minimally invasive procedures strengthen the vertebrae, restore vertebral height, and alleviate pain. To schedule a vertebroplasty consultation, call the office in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, or Greenfield, Wisconsin, or book an appointment online today.
Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. With a vertebral compression fracture, your vertebra collapses on itself. This type of fracture causes the bony body of the vertebrae to lose height, which affects the normal structure and function of your spine.
Your spine specialist injects a special cement into your fractured vertebrae during the vertebroplasty procedure, restoring height and stability and alleviating pain.
Kyphoplasty is similar to vertebroplasty. However, during the procedure, your spine specialist first inserts and inflates a balloon in your broken vertebrae to restore height. Then, they inject the special cement to stabilize the bone and maintain its position.
The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team determines if you’re a candidate for vertebroplasty after a consultation. Though the procedure is an effective treatment for vertebral compression fractures, it’s not the best approach for all patients.
Before recommending vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty for your compression fracture, the team may first recommend conservative treatments, such as bracing to support bone healing and pain medication.
However, if conservative measures fail to improve your fracture or pain, the team may suggest the minimally invasive procedure.
During your vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty, you lie on your stomach on the operating table. Your provider administers a sedative to help you relax and reduce discomfort during the procedure.
Your provider inserts a hollow needle into your spine at the site of your fracture using X-ray-guided imaging and injects the special cement.
Placement and inflation of the balloon precede injection of the cement in kyphoplasty.
After your vertebroplasty, you lie on your back while the cement hardens, then go to the observation room for 1-2 hours. Some patients go home the same day, but you may need to spend the night at the hospital following your vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty procedure.
You need to follow the activity modification guidelines provided by the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain following your procedure to ensure proper healing of the bone.
Though results vary, many patients experience relief from their back pain within three months after their vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty treatment.
Call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or schedule a consultation online today to see if vertebroplasty is right for you.