What Is Balloon Kyphoplasty Surgery?
Which are the benefits?
- Provides rapid pain relief.
- Diminishes the need for pain-killer medication.
- Enhances functional ability.
- Improves the quality of life.
When do doctors recommend it?
This surgical procedure is indicated when the pain in your back and limbs is impacting negatively your life, and when conservative treatment (pain relief, physiotherapy) have not shown results. Also, when you have already tried a series of spinal injections, and they have not been effective.
What is the procedure?
First, the doctor gives you a general anaesthetic. Then, he performs a 1 cm incision in your back. X-ray screen allows viewing your spine. The surgeon can now precisely create a very little pathway into the fractured vertebra, and inserts a special deflated balloon into the vertebral compression fracture.
After that, the surgeon inflates the balloon to correct the deformity. After removing the balloon, a cavity within the vertebra remains. The cavity is filled with bone cement to stabilise and fixate the fractured vertebra.
You will require a minimum two-night stay in Hospital. Following surgery, you will have to undergo a physiotherapy-based rehabilitation program.
Some Important Considerations
- Not all vertebral fractures require surgery.
- Surgery helps to get people better quicker.
- Although there are risks (like in any other surgery), these are minimum.
Which are the risks?
The risk of significant complications is generally very low in expert hands. The risk of significant bleeding, infection, nerve injury, spinal fluid leak, paralysis, and pulmonary embolus is significantly less than 1% for each.
At The London Spine Unit, The Harley Street Hospital, we have some of the best specialists to perform these procedures. Book an appointment to get a check up.