Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are two similar procedures that are typically performed for acute painful spine fractures related to osteoporosis but may be performed for metastatic cancer and myeloma or benign aggressive hemangioma involving the spine.
We perform these procedures on outpatients or inpatients under conscious sedation and typically without general anesthesia. One or two large needles are placed into the vertebral body. In general, Kyphoplasty requires that 2 needles are placed into the level treated while only one may be placed in Vertebroplasty. These needles are placed from the skin with fluoroscopic (x ray) guidance.
In Kyphoplasty, balloons are then inflated to create a cavity in the treated vertebral body and hopefully restore some of the height lost of that vertebral body by the fracture. If height is improved, the alignment of the spine may also be improved. Bone cement is then placed into the cavities through the same needles with very close fluoroscopic control.
In Vertebroplasty, the cement is injected directly into the vertebral body without any balloon inflation.
Both procedures work very well for painful fractures. About 90% of the patients that have these procedures for painful osteoporotic fractures have significant improvement with a significant number cured of pain completely. We have less experience in treating cancer spread to the spine, myeloma and hemangioma and the success rate in these patients is in general not as high.
These procedures have similar complications and include:
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