What is Kyphoplasty?
As a spine surgeon, Dr. Braxton performs kyphoplasty for patients who have sustained a compression fracture in the spine. Kyphoplasty is often conducted in tandem with vertebroplasty. A compression fracture of one or more of the vertebrae may be caused by trauma or it can be caused by osteoporosis. Patients with a compression fracture experience pain, in some cases, severe pain and decreased mobility stemming from the fracture. Bone fragments from the fracture can rub and grate together causing further damage and pain. The kyphoplasty procedure cleans out the space created by the fracture; then medical balloon technology is inflated into the fracture in order to:
- Maximize the preparation process within the fracture
- Optimize the degenerated disc space in preparation for the vertebroplasty
- Normalize the position and elevation of the fractured bone
Once the fracture cavity is prepared, the balloon is removed and a cement-like material is injected into the fracture cavity. The material, called polymethylmethacrylate, cures quickly and becomes hard providing stability to the vertebrae.