What is Kyphoplasty and How Can it Help with Pain?

Are you suffering from back pain and are finding it difficult to move freely? Do you have a compression fracture or a break in one of your vertebrae? And are you looking for a minimally invasive solution?

We have a solution at NYSS. Kyphoplasty is an elective pain interventional procedure performed by Dr Sireen Gopal and his colleagues at NYSS. It is designed to treat patients suffering from painful vertebral compression fractures, and in most cases for osteoporosis in the elderly.

Kyphoplasty is minimally invasive, requires no surgical incision, and can be performed under local or mild to moderate monitored anesthesia, as an inpatient or outpatient procedure.

The duration of the procedure is usually between 30 to 45 minutes. When performed for the right indication and patient, it is a procedure providing significant pain relief and improvement of physical & mental functions for our patients.

• Reduces or eliminates back pain
• Prevents further collapse of the fracture, thus avoiding an increase in spinal deformity and progression of postural problems
• Restores normal spinal alignment, thus improving the posture and function
• The patient is allowed to get out of bed and walk as soon as he or she is awake.
• Typically, patients are discharged from the hospital the next day itself.
• Majority of patients require no strong pain medications after 3 to 4 days of surgery.
• Limits or avoids ER visits and hospital admission

• The patient lies on his/her belly on the procedure table, sedated with local anesthesia
• Through two tiny skin openings in the back (each opening about 1/6 or an inch long) specialized tubes are inserted directly into the fractured vertebra. This is done under guidance with a specialized X-ray imaging to allow precise placement.
• Through each tube, a special balloon is inserted into the collapsed vertebra. Once the balloons are in place, they are sequentially inflated with a liquid under X-ray guidance with the goal of re-establishing the original height of the collapsed vertebra.
• The balloons are then deflated, leaving an empty cavity within the bone that has now been expanded.
• At this stage, highly viscous bone cement is inserted into the vertebra through both tubes under X-ray guidance to assure the cement is not leaking out of the vertebra. The cement hardens within minutes.

Physical therapy, when needed for strengthening of the spinal muscles, can usually be safely initiated within two weeks following the Kyphoplasty procedure.

Anyone who is suffering from painful, chronic back pain caused by vertebral compression fracture or osteoporosis can benefit from Kyphoplasty. A range of diagnostic tests may be performed to verify the presence of vertebral fractures. A successful Kyphoplasty procedure can restore structural integrity of the spine and also restore lost height from weakened vertebrae.

Leading Spine Specialists in New York

If you or a loved one is struggling with back pain, hunched posture or a shrinking height, you might benefit from the minimally invasive Kyphoplasty procedure. New York Spine & Sport is a leader in Kyphoplasty procedures in the Bronx, Westchester, and midtown Manhattan. Contact Dr. Sireen Gopal and his team at NYSS to learn more.

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