Compression fractures are a common injury in the elderly population. They can develop due to falls, osteoporosis, or other causes. Compression fractures occur when bone density is lost around the fractured area, which increases the risk for further fractures if left untreated. Kyphoplasty is an innovative surgical technique that uses robotic technology to help treat compression fractures by removing part of your vertebral body (vertebra) and replacing it with artificial material such as titanium mesh or tissue expanders.
What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure that restores the spine’s normal lordosis (curvature). It can treat certain types of compression fractures in the spine, including those caused by osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Compared with other treatments for compression fractures, Kyphoplasty is more effective at restoring motion and balance in your body’s natural curve.
Kyphoplasty involves removing bone spurs around your vertebrae using an instrument called a Kyphorotic Device (KD). This device consists of two stainless steel rods connected at one end and inserted into your spinal canal, so they protrude out through your skin along either side of where they were initially inserted during surgery—you’ll see them bulging out from beneath the surface like giant “teeth” when viewed from above; this makes it easier for surgeons to remove excess bone tissue that could otherwise cause pressure on nearby nerves or blood vessels if left behind after surgery.
Kyphoplasty versus Vertebroplasty
Kyphoplasty is a non-surgical procedure that uses a balloon to break up the vertebrae. At the same time, vertebroplasty is a surgical procedure that involves drilling holes in the bone and injecting cement into it.
Despite the differences between both procedures, there are still some similarities. Both deal with problems caused by compression fractures of the spine. They can be used to treat different types of patients—Kyphoplasty being more appropriate for those who have had back injuries or degenerative disc disease. In contrast, vertebroplasty is more suited for those with arthritis or spinal stenosis (narrowing).
Why do Compression Fractures Happen?
Compression fractures are caused by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break. It’s most common among women but is also prevalent in men after age 50.
Osteoporosis occurs when a person doesn’t take enough calcium or vitamin D through food or supplements, which prevents the body from absorbing it properly from its food sources. The result? Their bones become weaker over time—and they’re more likely to break under stress than if they’d had proper nutrition throughout their lives.
When Should the Procedure be Done?
If you have an acquired compression fracture, it is best to have the procedure done immediately after the fracture. It may be more difficult for older individuals at risk of developing complications with their new positioning and balance issues.
Younger people tend to recover better from this surgery than older people because they tend not to have as many injuries in their spine or hips that could make recovery more difficult.
What are the Risks and Complications?
The risks and complications are the same as any surgery, including bleeding, infection, and pain.
The risks and complications will vary depending on where the procedure is done. For example:
- If your fracture is in an area of your body close to other important structures (such as nerves), there is a greater chance of nerve damage or numbness after surgery. These conditions can be treated but may require additional procedures like nerve stimulation or medications to help manage them.
- Suppose you have an infection after having Kyphoplasty surgery. In that case, it’s important to tell your doctor immediately so they can treat it quickly before further damage occurs due to a lack of oxygen flow between tissues caused by swelling from the fluid buildup around blood vessels within swollen joints during recovery periods following an operation such as this one — especially if those joints were previously injured from another source before being diagnosed with Kyphosis/Kyphoplasty syndrome today!
How Does Kyphoplasty Work?
The procedure is done in the hospital, usually at an orthopedic surgeon’s office. You’ll be given general anesthesia, and your doctor will make a small incision in your chest wall to access the fracture site. After that, they insert a catheter into this incision and inject fluid into it (usually saline). Then, they expand an outer ring of tissue using carbon dioxide gas inside it until they hear clicking sounds indicating that they’ve pushed back any bone fragments stuck between vertebrae and any other soft tissues or organs that could get damaged during surgery.
The next step involves injecting saline solution through another tube directly into each vertebra where there was bone damage from a previous injury or disease; this pushes them back into position so that you don’t have any pain or discomfort again!
Once the procedure is complete, your doctor will remove all of their equipment and close up the incision using stitches. They might also give you a special foam device to wear to help keep your spine straight while it heals. Once this happens, you can go home and rest as much as possible until you feel better again.
Kyphoplasty can help some people recover from compression fractures.
Kyphoplasty can help some people recover from compression fractures. It’s a surgical procedure that reshapes the spine and allows them to stand and walk again without pain or other complications.
Kyphoplasty is performed by surgeons specializing in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). In MIS, they use small incisions instead of large ones to make their way through the body. This means less recovery time after surgery than traditional open procedures require, which can be helpful for patients who are recovering from an injury and need to get back into daily activities as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a compression fracture, Kyphoplasty is the best treatment option for you. The procedure allows patients to return to living without worrying about pain or limitations. For more information, contact us today or visit our website.