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ortho spine Deformities

When fractures occur in the spine, patients can have extreme and constant pain, deformity and even nerve compression.

At WakeMed, we offer a therapeutic and preventive procedure for compression fractures called kyphoplasty. Performed by our expert orthopaedic surgeons, kyphoplasty can provide immediate relief from pain and help patients return to a more active lifestyle.

Benefits of Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty restores vertebrae bone height and reverses spinal deformity.

It’s most effective when completed soon after the compression fractures occur, usually within two to three months.

What to Expect During Kyphoplasty

Before the surgery, patients undergo imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan or bone density tests.

Kyphoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and patients are placed under either general or local anesthesia.

The orthopedic surgeon makes an incision in the back, and threads a thin tube through it up to the fractured vertebra. The surgeon then drills a small hole through the outer part of the bone into the soft center, inserts a balloon, and inflates the balloon. This pushes the pieces of the fractured vertebra apart to restore their original shape. The surgeon deflates and removes the balloon, filling the cavity with bone cement.

Most patients report no pain from the procedure, which takes about an hour for each bone that is treated.

What to Expect After Kyphoplasty

For many patients, pain relief is immediate. Other patients report the disappearance or reduction of pain within two days.

Patients can resume daily activities once they return home, but strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, should be avoided for at least six weeks.

Make an Appointment

We welcome new patients. If you’d like to meet with one of WakeMed’s orthopaedic surgeons about the benefits and possibility of having a kyphoplasty performed, please make an appointment by calling us at 919-232-5020.

Learn more about the minimally invasive compression fracture procedures available at WakeMed.