We now have a treatment plan for vertebral compression fractures. More than 700,000 Americans will suffer from a compression fracture this year alone, causing debilitating pain. These can occur due to thinning bones (osteoporosis), scoliosis, kyphosis, trauma, tumors, and other complications. These fractures are a serious problem for our older adults and occur twice as common in women than men. Patients who have debilitating pain may be helped with vertebral augmentation (Kyphoplasty), a minimally invasive procedure by which cement is filled in the fractured vertebral body through a needle with x-ray guidance, typically performed in under 60 minutes with sedation. Benefits include rapid and sustained pain relief, increased mobility, improved quality of life, and a low complication rate. Patients can walk home the same day without the continued stress of suffering.
Balloon Kyphoplasty Procedure Overview
Vertebral augmentation with balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure proven to significantly relieve pain, increase mobility, and/or improve quality of life without open surgery. 13-17 vertebral augmentation utilizing Stryker’s iVAS balloon system is a refinement of vertebroplasty. During this minimally invasive procedure, one or two balloons create a void or cavity in the collapsed vertebra. An injected material — either bone cement or Cortoss bone augmentation material — is introduced.
Using fluoroscopic visualization, balloon catheters are advanced into the collapsed vertebra utilizing a transpedicular or bipedicular approach. The balloon(s) is then inflated, creating a central void and compacting the remaining trabeculae to the periphery. The balloon catheter(s) is then deflated and withdrawn, and specially formulated acrylic bone cement is injected into the void(s) created by the inflated balloon(s). Once set, the cement forms an internal cast that helps stabilize the bone.
- METASTATIC BONE DISEASE
- MULTIPLE MYELOMA
- DIET LOW IN CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D
- FAMILY HISTORY OF OSTEOPOROSIS
- CAUCASIAN OR ASIAN ETHNICITY
- ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
- SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE
- CIGARETTE SMOKING
- INCREASING AGE
- IMPROVED FUNCTION AND/OR MOBILITY
- RAPID AND SUSTAINED PAIN RELIEF
- IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
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Why Choose PMIR Medical Center?
At PMIR Medical Center, our team of medically trained pain management specialists understands your pain and the most effective way to treat it. We use standards of excellence, state-of-the-art equipment, and innovative procedures to develop customized integrative treatment plans to help you achieve long-term, sustainable pain relief. To learn more about how we can help you return to a pain-free, productive lifestyle, book an appointment with a PMIR Medical Center physician today.