New Treatment for Spinal Compression Fractures

Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty

Giving You a Better Option, Remove Back Pain, Return to Life!

The Spine Fracture Center at St Johns Interventional and Vascular Institute is proud to offer revolutionary medical techniques to eliminate back pain for our patients. Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can reduce or eliminate your back pain from vertebral compression fractures (VCF), as well as help to restore vertebral body height and the proper alignment of your spine.

How It Works

Bones function to support your body and provide attachment for all muscles. A broken bone heals very slowly and requires the bone to be motionless during the slow healing so the fracture can grow back together. This is why a broken arm is placed in a cast.

All the muscles of your back, chest, and abdomen connect to the spine. These muscles are constantly pulling on the spine even if you lie perfectly still; for example when you breath. You cannot put a cast on your spine.

Much of our body height achieved from the height of the vertebrae and the discs in between the vertebrae. A compression fracture collapses the vertebra into a wedge shape resulting in loss of vertebra height which can lead to loss of body height and a hunched posture.

Vertebroplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure at our ambulatory center and typically requires an hour for the fracture treatment. This revolutionary vertebroplasty procedure is done through a small puncture in your skin using local anesthesia and light sedation. A needle is guided into the fractured vertebra under x-ray guidance and acrylic bone cement is injected. This fills the spaces within the bone and creates a type of internal cast within the vertebra  cementing the fracture and stabilizing the bone. Once internal cast hardens, the patient is free to return home the same day. Pain is often gone immediately at conclusion of the procedure.

Balloon kyphoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure at our ambulatory center and requires less than an hour per fracture treatment. This revolutionary balloon kyphoplasty treatment uses orthopedic balloons to restore vertebra height and alignment and correct angular deformities in the spine. Balloons are carefully guided into the vertebra and inflated to raise the collapsed fractured vertebra. The balloons are deflated and removed. The resulting cavity is filled with bone cement forming an internal cast to stabilize the fracture and maintain vertebra height. Patients are free to return home the same day and resume daily activities shortly thereafter. Pain is often gone or significantly improved immediately after the procedure.

The Benefits

For active seniors especially, early and effective treatment to repair broken bones in your spine is a wonderful alternative to prolonged bed rest and the use of narcotics to manage pain. The benefits of this new procedure include improvement in mobility and the ability to perform activities of daily living.

Although the complication rate with Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low, as with most surgical procedures there are risks associated with the procedure. Balloon kyphoplasty has been clinically shown to reduce compression fractures, relieve back pain and improve quality of life.

Potential complications include: leakage of cement from the bone, nerve injury, and infection.

The experts at the Spine Fracture Center now offer two minimally-invasive treatments for Spinal Compression Fractures: Vertebroplasty and Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty.

You do not have to feel alone during this time. The team at the Spine Fracture Center truly cares about you and your unique situation and is here to help. Please contact the the Spine Fracture Center for a physician consultation to discuss the risks and whether an interventional radiology procedure is right for you.