There are around 1.5 million vertebral compression fractures in the United States each year, and they occur most commonly in the elderly and in postmenopausal women. Interventional pain management physician Vladimir Fiks, MD, and his team at Advanced Pain Management Center in Portland, Oregon, have experience in treating compression fractures using an advanced, minimally invasive technique called kyphoplasty. It provides significant pain relief and strengthens the bone, allowing you to remain active and pain -free. Make an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that treats spinal fractures and cancer-damaged vertebrae. Typically, weak bone tissue from osteoporosis or another condition causes the vertebrae to collapse.
The team at Advanced Pain Management Center uses kyphoplasty in conjunction with vertebroplasty to give strength to the bone. Both procedures work best if you can have them within one or two months of your fracture, so your provider aims to work swiftly to achieve a successful result.
Kyphoplasty is a quick procedure that usually takes less than an hour to perform. There are no incisions, so it can take place under general or local anesthesia.
Using an X-ray for guidance, your doctor inserts a hollow needle through your back into the bone. They then thread a balloon through the hollow needle and inflate it, which restores the vertebra to its former shape and creates a space into which cement is injected. They use the X-ray imaging to visualize the cement to ensure that it distributes evenly in the cavity.
Once the cement is in place, the needle is removed, and bandages are applied to the injection site.
Kyphoplasty is minimally invasive and doesn’t involve a long hospital stay. A typical recovery process involves going to the recovery room, walking around, resuming your normal activities slowly, and taking medication as needed.
After your procedure, you spend time in a recovery room. While many patients go home the same day, be prepared to stay overnight if you have the procedure later in the day or if your provider wishes to observe you.
You may be able to walk around within an hour of your procedure. It might feel sore in the area where the needle entered your back, but this lasts only a day or two.
Depending on your situation, the team may recommend you hold off taking part in certain activities. They create a recovery program for you and assess it over the weeks following your procedure.
Specific medication and supplements can help your healing process and prevent additional spinal fractures. These recommendations are included in your treatment plan.
Severe back pain can have a significant impact on your quality of life, but it doesn’t have to continue. To take your first step to a pain-free life, book an appointment at Advanced Pain Management Center by calling the office or booking through the website.