Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Treating Spinal Fractures
With Balloon Kyphoplasty, an orthopedic balloon is used to elevate the bone fragments of the fractured vertebra and return them to the correct position. The incision site is approximately 1 cm in length. A hollow instrument is used to guide the balloon into the vertebra. The balloon is then inflated so that the collapsed vertebra is returned to its normal position. Once the vertebra is in the correct position, the balloon is deflated, leaving a space for bone cement. The cement stabilizes the fracture and holds the vertebra in place. The Kyphoplasty is minimally invasive. It is typically done in an outpatient setting at a hospital or surgery center. As with any procedure, there are potential risks and the procedure is not for everyone.
If you are suffering from back pain and have a history of fractures or bone loss you may be suffering from a compression fracture. It’s important to find the right course of treatment for you. Call New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute to find out more about our Comprehensive Bone Health Clinic at (603) 472-8888.