As an individual ages, it is not unusual for them to experience some reduction in their bone mass and osteoporosis is a serious problem. It is one of the reasons why many individuals suffer from compression fractures in their vertebrae, although an accident or injury could also lead to this type of difficulty as well. If you are suffering from a compression fracture, one of the options that may be considered by your physician is balloon kyphoplasty.
Although compression fractures are relatively common problem, they also are an issue that can cause significant pain. In many cases, this is due to the fact that they nerve root is being affected in the area, either through inflammation or because of direct compression due to the fracture.
In either case, this surgery can help to relieve some of the pressure off of the nerve, provide some stability to the spine and allow the healing to take place.
Before the surgery takes place, your doctor will want to give you a thorough check up and to be able to successfully diagnose the area of the spine that is being affected.
In part, this is done by checking your reflexes and strength but there may also be a number of tests that are given in order to make the determination. A CT scan or an MRI are some of the options for scanning that will help your doctor to see your bones clearly and to recognize any compression fractures have taken place.
Prior to the time that your balloon kyphoplasty takes place, you should talk to your doctor about any possible risks and complications that are associated with the surgery. Although kyphoplasty is a relatively noninvasive type of procedure, some individuals may suffer from difficulties, including weakness or new pain, infection, bleeding and blood clots. It may also be possible that the surgery will not help the issue or may even make the pain worse.
Kyphoplasty is done in a noninvasive manner with a small tube being inserted through a 3 mm incision with use of x-rays for guidance. A balloon is passed through the two into the vertebral body and after it is inflated, it will help to relieve the compression and to make room for the cement that will be put into the area. The cement is also inserted through the tube and it is a special type of cement that hardens quickly. You can expect the surgery to take up to one hour and most people are able to go home the day after the surgery takes place.