If a patient has been diagnosed with a vertebral fracture caused by osteoporosis, balloon kyphoplasty is a possible therapeutic option. This consists of a minimally invasive technique that has the ability to unquestionably diminish back pain and fix the broken bones of a vertebral fracture.
This procedure is called balloon kyphoplasty because it uses orthopedic balloons to lift the fractured bone and return it to its correct position.
Before the intervention, a medical examination will be carried out and it will be subjected to diagnostic studies like X-rays, to determine the exact place of the fracture. Balloon kyphoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia; your doctor at the Harley Street Hospital will decide which option is most appropriate for you.
Balloon kyphoplasty demands about one hour per treated fracture. It can be done with an inpatient or outpatient regimen, depending on medical needs. After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room to be under observation for about an hour.
While you are in the hospital, you will be advised to walk and move. Patients commonly experience immediate pain relief and can perform movements during their hospital stay.
Your doctor is likely to plan a follow-up visit and explain if there are limitations to your activities. Most patients claim to be satisfied with the results and are able to restart their activities gradually after leaving the hospital.
As in any other surgical intervention, there are some possible risks and the procedure should only be performed by a spine specialist who has a lot of experience in this technique. Be sure to talk about these risks with your doctor. Also, keep in mind that not all patients can undergo balloon kyphoplasty.