Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures that are used to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCF) – fractures in the bones of the spinal column. Usually, these treatments are recommended after more conservative strategies, such as bed rest or a back brace, have failed to improve symptoms.
Kyphoplasty involves inserting a balloon to create a cavity in the damaged bone, then injecting a special cement to prop up the bone.
Vertebroplasty uses image guidance to inject the cement directly into the bone through a needle. This cement hardens to provide immediate stability.
What Should I Expect after the Procedure?
During your expert evaluation with Dr. Goswami, you’ll find out whether you’ll be admitted to the hospital or be able to go home after the procedure. You’ll have to gradually resume your normal activities, but you must avoid strenuous exertions for at least six weeks. Some patients experience pain relief immediately; others notice a difference in just a couple of days.