If you have compression fractures that are causing pain and forcing you to hunch forward, kyphoplasty may be the solution you need. At River City Pain Management in San Antonio, Arnold DeLeon, MD, offers this innovative procedure that’s designed to restore height to your vertebra and alleviate your pain. If you’d like to learn more about kyphoplasty, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Compression fractures are most often associated with osteoporosis, which is a condition that causes your bones to lose density, robbing them of their structural integrity. When it comes to your vertebrae, the weakening in the bones causes them to collapse inward, which leads to an increasing hunch in your back, pain, and a loss of vertebral height of more than 15-20%.
While compression fractures can develop in any one of your 33 vertebrae, they most often occur in your upper back, or thoracic region.
Outside of osteoporosis, compression fractures can develop after cancer treatments that weaken your bones or they can also be the result of acute trauma or injury.
To restore height to your vertebra, which also reduces your hunch as well as relieve your pain, Dr. DeLeon turns to an innovative procedure called a kyphoplasty. During the procedure, Dr. DeLeon first ensures your comfort by administering a local or general anesthetic. Once you’re ready, Dr. DeLeon uses fluoroscopy, or X-ray guidance, to insert a needle equipped with a balloon into your collapsed vertebra. After the balloon is in place, he inflates it to restore height to your vertebra.
Once your vertebra is held in the right position with the balloon, Dr. DeLeon injects a special cement into the space and removes the needle. If Dr. DeLeon is fixing one vertebra, the entire procedure takes only an hour. If he’s performing kyphoplasty on more than one vertebra, you should count on it taking more time.
Immediately after your kyphoplasty, Dr. DeLeon checks to make sure that you’re feeling well enough to go, at which point someone can take you home. While you can walk after this procedure, you should plan on taking it easy for a few days. You may feel some soreness where the needle went in, but this generally resolves itself quickly and is often overshadowed by the relief you feel with your vertebra restored to its original height.
Dr. DeLeon supplies you with complete aftercare instructions that detail what you can and can’t do during your recovery period. He may also want to see you for a follow-up visit, at which time he can greenlight you for more strenuous activities.
To find out whether you’re a good candidate for kyphoplasty, call River City Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.