Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat fractures in the bones of the spine. To repair these fractures, a radiologist or neuroradiologist will insert surgical cement into a small fracture in the spinal vertebrae. The overall goal of kyphoplasty is to stabilize fractured vertebrae and relieve any associated pain. This procedure is typically seen as the next step if conservative methods have been ineffective. 

Most often, these spinal fractures are a result of age, but some may be caused by injury. If you are interested in therapeutic options to alleviate your joint pain, connect with our team at BEST Health System and see what options are available to you. 

When is Kyphoplasty an Option?

The spine is constructed of vertebral segments connected by joints. Everyday movements can put the spine under stress, leaving our bones weaker with age. These conditions can increase the risk of developing small cracks in the vertebrae, or vertebral compression factors. 

Some of the most common causes of compression fractures treated by kyphoplasty include:

  • Traumatic injuries, such as a fall or automobile accident
  • Osteoporosis is a degenerative condition that causes the bones to become porous
  • Weakening of the vertebrae due to cancer

Prior to kyphoplasty, a medical professional will generally recommend the patient first try conservative therapy options, such as physical therapy. Oftentimes, a combination of physical therapy, medication, and small lifestyle changes can offer relief. However, if the pain becomes chronic, procedures including kyphoplasty may be recommended. 

If you are struggling with joint pain, reach out to our team at BEST Health System and begin your path to feeling your best. Our highly-skilled specialists will ensure that you will receive the best guidance when making these difficult decisions. 

Kyphoplasty Procedure and Recovery Process

After a fracture has been identified, the surgeon will use X-ray guidance to guide a needle into the vertebrae. The surgeon will then use the needle to inflate a small balloon to stabilize the vertebrae. Next, they will fill the space with surgical cement to restore vertebral height. The needle will then be removed without the necessity of stitches or an incision.

Due to the conservative nature of this procedure, the recovery time is fast, and patients can typically walk within hours. 

The Cost of Kyphoplasty

The cost for kyphoplasty can vary depending on the procedure, the insurance carrier, and other factors. Medicare has approved kyphoplasty if it is deemed necessary by a physician. BEST Health System accepts Medicare, most private health insurances, as well as worker’s compensation and personal injury cases. Connect with our team at BEST Health System and allow us to answer all of your cost-related questions regarding kyphoplasty and other treatment procedures. 

When you reach out to one of our representatives, we’ll help you learn about the treatment options available at BEST Health System. Our experienced and caring surgical team has decades of experience and has helped thousands of patients get their lives back from debilitating pain. 

Contact us today if you would like to learn more about us or how we may be able to help you.

Procedure Doctors

Headshot of D. Philip Stickney, M.D.

D. Philip Stickney, M.D.

Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon

Brainard ASC

Headshot of George J. Kellis M.D.

George J. Kellis M.D.

Orthopaedic, Joint, and Spine Surgeon

Brainard ASC

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