A spinal condition that is associated with old age and at times poor health, is a vertebral compression fracture. These are breaks in the frontal boney mass at each spinal segment are due to age-related porosity and brittleness of the bones (osteoporosis) or other diseases affecting bone such as tumours or infections.
These breaks can occur with innocuous trauma, such as minor fall from standing height or bed. And in some severe cases of osteoporosis, simply through day to day movement and usage of the spine.
While these breaks rarely cause nerve or spinal cord damage, they can be very painful and restrictive as the spinal column supports the whole body. As these breaks occur in the older age group, the healing time is often protracted, and the collapse of the spine often leads to ugly and debilitating stooped postures.
Balloon Kyphoplasty is a safe and quick percutaneous procedure (keyhole surgery) that rapidly eases the suffering from these fractures or breaks. Through a tiny entry in the skin, a thin tube with a balloon is threaded into the broken bone under X-ray guidance. The balloon is then inflated to restore the height of the collapsed bone segment. Special bone cement, similar to those used in hip/knee replacement surgery is then carefully injected to fill up the space. The cement hardens within minutes, stabilising the broken segment, and thus reduce the pain dramatically, often before the patient leaves the treatment facility!
And because the procedure is performed through minimally-invasive surgery, the patient only requires mild supervised sedation, avoiding the need for general surgery. It can thus be performed on virtually patients of any age group or with multiple medical problems.
We assess all patients carefully and may offer vertebroplasty in selected cases. Kyphoplasty is safer than vertebroplasty and offers better results as the bone deformity can be corrected at the same time. By correcting deformity, there is less future risk of recurrent fractures.
We have expertise in Balloon Kyphoplasty and specialise in performing this procedure under Local Anaesthetic as a Day Case without the complications associated with General Anaesthetic.
Our specialists have performed over five hundred kyphoplasty procedures with good results.