Kyphoplasty in Denver, Colorado
Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to repair damaged vertebrae and help them regain their former shape. Such damage is typically caused by a vertebral fracture, cancer treatment, or osteoporosis, all of which can lead to intense pain and limited mobility.
The interventional radiologists at Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists provide kyphoplasty procedures at our office in Denver. Learn more about kyphoplasty and schedule your consultation with MIPS Center today.
What’s the Difference Between Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?
Similar to vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that injects a highly specialized cement mixture into the affected vertebrae in order to reinforce it and prevent any further trauma to the spinal cord that is often experienced without treatment.
The major factor that separates a vertebroplasty from a kyphoplasty is that during a vertebroplasty the mixture is injected directly into the bone, whereas a kyphoplasty first requires the use of a balloon to create space in the vertebrae before adding the cement. The inflated balloon helps to ensure that the mixture is able to reach all crevasses within the vertebrae while also restoring the vertebrae to its natural height.
What Happens During a Kyphoplasty?
All patients who undergo a kyphoplasty will be put under local or general anesthesia to dull the area and relieve any possible pain. Only two small incisions need to be made, which are where a probe will enter into the skin and allow the cement mixture to pass through to the vertebrae. Once in place, the balloon will be expanded and the cement injected.
Throughout this entire process your doctor at MIPS Center will be monitoring the location of the probe and strengthening substance using contrast and real time X-ray or MRI technology. The whole procedure lasts approximately 1 hour or less, after which the patient is typically able to return home so long as there were no unforeseen complications.
Most patients report improved symptoms within 48 hours of completing a kyphoplasty.
Kyphoplasty Post-Op Instructions
Please contact the Radiology Department at (720) 528-0775 if you observe any of the following:
- Any pain, lightheadedness, or fainting
- Bleeding or swelling at procedural site
- Any swelling, discoloration or pain at the procedural site several days post procedure
- Signs of possible infection such as redness, swelling, heat, red streaks and/or elevated temperature above 100.5°F consistently
- Keep site from any type of water submersion for 1 week (i.e. Baths, hot tubs, pools, lakes)
- Leave site open to air, do Not put a dressing or bandage over the site after 24 hours. Allow the surgical glue to come off by itself. This may take 10-12 days
- For discomfort at site, ice may be applied to the area for 20 minutes out of every hour
- Resume previous medications
- Continue to take your pain medications and/or muscle relaxants as previously directed for the first few days after the procedure. After this time, try to reduce your medications as tolerated.
- Avoid vigorous physical activity for 24 hours post procedure
- Avoid lifting anything over 10 lbs for 24 hours post procedure
- Resume normal activities in a gradual fashion. It is not uncommon for patients to feel much better after the procedure and over-exert themselves. Use good judgement in resuming activities
- It is not uncommon to have muscle soreness for up to 3 weeks after the procedure
- A localized irritation of the vein may occur at the site of the intravenous insertions. Warm, moist packs applied 4-6 times per day for 2 days may reduce the pain and irritation.
- Notify your physician if the area continues to be painful or becomes red and/or hot to the touch.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or surgeon as directed: Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits. Follow-up: Contact the Radiology Care Unit at (303) 738-2734 Monday through Friday 7:00AM to 5:00pm for any question. For afterhours urgent matters, please call the Radiology Department at (720) 528-0775 and ask for the MIPS Interventional Radiologist on call.
Learn More from Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists
If you still have questions regarding kyphoplasty and whether or not the procedure may be right for you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with MIPS Center today by calling (303) 805-7477. You may also request an appointment online using our secure form.