DeKalb Medical performs kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive treatment that can repair spinal fractures, which are fractures of the back in the body of a vertebra. When a vertebra fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed and distorted, causing pain. The fracture causes it to collapse and the spinal column above it to develop an abnormal forward curve. These fractures can be caused by osteoporosis, certain forms of cancer that weaken the bones or benign lesions. The kyphoplasty procedure is most often is used to treat fractures caused by osteoporosis.
In kyphoplasty, X-rays are used to show the collapsed bones and to guide the physician to the site of the fractured bone. During a kyphoplasty procedure, orthopaedic balloons are inserted and used to lift the fractured bone, returning it to the correct position and shape. A special bone cement then is injected to hold the vertebra in place. The balloons are removed during the kyphoplasty procedure.
When the balloons are not needed to restore the shape of the fractured bone, a similar procedure known as vertebroplasty may be performed. Vertebroplasty involves using X-rays for guidance to inject a special cement mixture through a hollow needle into the fractured bone.
Some patients experience immediate pain relief, while most people report their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours of having their kyphoplasty in Atlanta at DeKalb Medical.
Because kyphoplasty is performed under local anesthesia, you should plan to have someone drive you home after your procedure. Do not take any blood thinners or aspirin three days prior to your procedure. Be sure to ask your physician about any medications you are taking or any questions your might have about your procedure. Do not eat or drink anything four to six hours before your procedure. The procedure usually takes less than one hour and may require an overnight hospital stay as determined by your doctor.
You should rest after you get home for six to eight hours before resuming normal activities. After your kyphoplasty procedure, your nurse will give you any other after-care instructions.
Use these preparation and care instructions as a guide. A detailed report will be sent to your physician, who will share the results with you.
Your physician will contact DeKalb Medical to schedule your kyphoplasty procedure for you.
If your kyphoplasty will be performed at DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, you will need to go to the hospital’s central registration area.
If your procedure is being performed at DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, go to the hospital’s registration area.