- Vertebral compression fractures/osteoporosis-related fractures
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for vertebra compression fractures (VCF), which are fractures in vertebra, the small bones that make up the spinal column.
When a vertebra fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed and distorted, causing pain. These compression fractures, which may involve the collapse of one or more vertebrae in the spine, are a common symptom and result of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that results in a loss of normal bone density, mass and strength, leading to a condition in which bones are increasingly porous or full or small holes and vulnerable to breaking. Vertebrae can also become weakened by cancer.
Vertebroplasty uses a type of X-ray called a fluoroscope to guide a needle into a compression fracture, and then a special type of bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebrae. The cement hardens, stabilizing and strengthening the bone. A variation of this procedure, called kyphoplasty, features a balloon that is inserted into the vertebral body and inflated to restore the bone to a more natural position. When deflated, the balloon creates a hollow cavity that is replaced by bone cement. Both procedures provide immediate pain relief in most cases and are performed on an outpatient basis.
The kyphoplasty procedure at Lakeland Vascular Institute in Lakeland, Florida takes about 30 minutes for each fracture and the patient is usually able to return home the same day. The vast majority of patients have reported that kyphoplasty provides immediate pain relief and has improved their quality of life.1
Only a physician can properly diagnose a spine (vertebral compression) fracture with the assistance of diagnostic imaging like MRI or X-ray. If you have symptoms of back pain, numbness, loss of height, difficulty breathing or urinary incontinence please talk to your doctor or schedule a consultation with the board-certified interventional radiologists at Lakeland Vascular Institute.
Lakeland Vascular Institute specializes in minimally invasive and cutting edge procedures for spine pain and spine fractures. We serve patients all over Central Florida at our state-of-the-art facility in Lakeland, Florida. Call us today to schedule your consultation at (863) 577-0316.
- McGirt MJ, Parker SL, Wolinsky JP, Witham TF, Bydon A, Gokaslan ZL. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures: an evidenced-based review of the literature. Spine J. 2009;9(6):501–508