Your spine surgeon may recommend a cement injection (Kyphoplasty or Vertbebroplasty) if you have suffered an Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture which continues to be painful even after the first few weeks. Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty is a highly effective procedure for relieving pain in these painful Osteoportic Spinal Fractures.
Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty is a day care procedure that is done without any need of general anesthesia. The patient is typically admitted on the morning of the procedure. The procedure is done under local anesthesia without any external stitches. The procedure will take about 0.5 – 1 hour. The patient is made to walk the same evening and discharged. The patients are independent immediately after the procedure and there is no particular recovery period.
This percutaneous procedure is particularly suitable for the elderly with multiple medical co-morbidities as general anesthesia; open surgery and blood loss can be avoided. The procedure involves injecting cement in the fractures spinal bone under the guidance of an Xray. The injected cement gives immediate structural support to the fractured spinal bone, thereby relieving pain.
There is little to choose between Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty and both procedures are more or less similar. The risk of cement leakage is less with Kyphoplasty but Kyphoplasty is significantly more expensive than Vertebroplasty