Kyphoplasty Surgery

Kyphoplasty Surgery in Paramus, West New York, and Union, New Jersey

Osteoporosis is an age-related disease that causes bone structure to break down. It results in fractures, spinal deformities, and acute pain. If you or your loved one is struggling, kyphoplasty can help. Bergen Pain Management has locations in ParamusWest New York, and Union, New Jersey, where we offer kyphoplasty and other effective treatments to relieve pain, restore function, and help you live a rich and fulfilling life.

What Is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for vertebral fractures caused by osteoporosis. It’s safe and proven to be effective in relieving pain and restoring proper spinal structure. Here’s a closer look at how kyphoplasty works:

  • After anesthetizing the affected area, the doctor will use fluoroscopy to guide a tube toward the fractured vertebra.
  • The tube will be used to place a balloon into the vertebrae.
  • As the balloon slowly inflates, it returns the fractured pieces to their normal position and creates extra space for specially formulated bone cement.
  • This cement will be injected into the fracture, filling the cracks and quickly hardening.

The procedure takes about one hour for each vertebra being treated. After it’s done, patients will go through a short observation period to make sure the cement solidifies without complications. Patients can return home on the same day with very little down time. Remember to arrange safe transportation after the procedure with a friend or family member.

How Kyphoplasty Helps

Osteoporosis causes bones to break down and become brittle and porous. When this happens, vertebrae start to crush and collapse under the body’s weight. In severe cases, these compression fractures result in painful spinal deformities. They come with some uncomfortable symptoms as well, including:

  • Acute back pain, especially when bending
  • Noticeable humps, crookedness, or loss of height
  • Muscle atrophy from lack of exercise
  • Overcrowded internal organs

Kyphoplasty surgery can stabilize an osteoporosis-related fracture. Surgical balloons expand the space and return the bone to its normal position, while the cement locks the bone back into place. The result is a stronger vertebra that’s more capable of supporting the body’s weight and movements.

When To Consider Kyphoplasty

All medical treatments’ effectiveness will depend on the patient’s condition, health status, and needs. Though kyphoplasty is a proven method of treating osteoporosis-related fractures, it may not be appropriate or necessary in every situation. Here are a few factors to discuss with your doctor when considering kyphoplasty in particular:

  • Your back pain has persisted for at least two weeks.
  • Pain worsens when lifting or carrying a heavy load.
  • There are no signs of nerve damage, tingling, or numbness.
  • Your spine is deformed from its normal, natural shape.

If all of those descriptors are accurate to your condition, kyphoplasty may be able to help. Speak with Dr. Thomas Ragukonis, our expert at Bergen Pain Management. He is highly experienced in spinal treatments and will work with you to plan the proper solution for your conditionGet in touch with us at one of our convenient locations in Paramus, West New York, or Union, NJ. We can schedule an appointment to discuss whether kyphoplasty is right for you.

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