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Kyphoplasty Procedure

Scheduling and Directions


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.

Preparing for Your Kyphoplasty Procedure

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.

After Your Kyphoplasty Procedure

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.

Scheduling and Directions

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.

  • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
  • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
  • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
  • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
  • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
  • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
  • Take escalators down one level.
  • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
  • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
  • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
  • At the end of hallway, turn left.
  • Central Registration is on the right.

If your procedure is being performed at DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, go to the hospital’s registration area.

  • Park in the hospital parking lot.
  • Proceed to the main entrance of the hospital.
  • Registration is directly on the right – you must register before proceeding to the Imaging Department.
  • When you have completed registration, a staff member will direct you to the Imaging Department for your procedure.

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