Spinal surgeries have a long history of being highly invasive, involving multiple incisions and the parting of the tissues to allow the surgeon to see the surgical site. These procedures often involved long recovery times, significant scarring, and additional damage to the soft-tissue damages. Improvements in medical and surgical technology have provided methods of approaching these surgeries that cause less damage to the tissues surrounding the surgical site, smaller scars, and a quicker recovery time for the patient, as well as a significant reduction in potential complications. Khavkin Clinic provides these and other services for our patients.
What Is Kyphoplasty, And What Benefits Does It Have?
A Kyphoplasty allows the surgeon to make a few small incisions in the back that are used to place the tubes that will be used to apply the cement used for stabilizing the spine. A balloon is inserted into the spine to restore height and provide a void to insert the cement into. This cement will help restore the height of the vertebrae which will help to prevent the spine from becoming deformed.
What Is A Vertebroplasty?
Like a kyphoplasty, a vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed through a small incision in the patient’s skin. Unlike a kyphoplasty no balloon is used during the procedure, instead, fractures or spaces within the vertebrae are filled with cement that is injected under pressure. Unlike the kyphoplasty that is used to create additional space, a vertebroplasty seeks to create a stabilizing cast.
How Are These Procedures Similar?
In both cases the procedure follows a similar series of steps, starting with the patient being taken to an operating room or x-ray room for the procedure to be performed. In both cases, an incision or incisions will be made through which instrumentation is passed and cement applied to the spine. Following both procedures the patient will have to wait until the cement has had time to harden, a period of about 10 minutes or so, they will then be free to go home for the day.
What Should I Know About My Recovery?
In general, patients are able to return home the same day, though they should not drive. If a long distance was traveled to the surgical site, it is generally suggested that a hotel stay happen before they return home to allow the surgical site to settle. Some particularly frail patients, or those without support at home, may be required to stay in the hospital until released by their physician.
What Risks Are Involved With This Procedure?
Like with all medical procedures there are some potential risks involved in receiving a vertebroplasty or a kyphoplasty, though complications occur in less than 3% of all patients who receive it. Some associated risks are:
- Increased Back Pain
- Numbness or Tingling
- Compression of the Nerve Root
- Blood Clots
- Extrusion of the Cement Into The Vertebral Canal
- Associated Risks From Anesthesia
- Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clots In The Lungs)
If you have further questions regarding these procedures contact your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin.