Conventional treatment consists mainly of palliative care (bed rest, narcotic analgesics, back brace), but does not generally provide long-term pain relief or functional improvement. Patients treated conventionally are at risk of suffering from the long-term effects of VCF including spinal deformity, functional impairment, decreased quality of life, loss of pulmonary function and 23% increase in mortality.
We have a new treatment option for patients suffering from painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to provide:
- significant pain relief
- stabilization of the fracture
- deformity correction by re-establishing some or all the lost vertebral body height
- reduction in lumbar and thoracic spinal deformity (including kyphosis)
Kyphoplasty is done in a hospital or Same Day Surgery Center. It is a same day surgery procedure. The physician inserts a “putty” into the fracture area through a needle and syringe, no incision is needed. Recovery time is minimal and you should experience immediate relief.