When the vertebrae is damaged, it can collapse and put pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, causing chronic pain. The spine can be compromised, affecting posture and its stability. Repairing fractured or damaged vertebrae is sometimes possible without surgery using percutaneous kyphoplasty. This procedure is also known as balloon kyphoplasty and is an injection treatment available at Medici Medical Arts at our clinics in the Atlanta area.
Vertebra damage or fractures can occur from trauma, osteoporosis or cancer. The front of the vertebra can collapse and impact the stability of the spine, also causing inflammation and pain. Spine surgery has higher risks and is invasive to repair vertebrae. Another option is balloon kyphoplasty that uses an image-guided injection to expand and repair the vertebra without surgery. This can offer relief from pain caused by a spinal fracture while improving the posture and spine stability for the patient.
How Balloon Kyphoplasty is Performed
To perform the vertebra repair, anesthesia is used to numb the area. A special balloon is inserted with a surgical needle into the fractured vertebra. The balloon is inflated to expand the vertebra to its original shape. With the balloon still inflated, a surgical cement is injected into the vertebra to repair the fracture and restore the spine. This procedure can be performed on one or more vertebrae to improve the stability of the spine and reduce pain caused by nerve impingement or pressure.
If you have a spinal fracture, percutaneous kyphoplasty may be an option to give you relief from back or neck pain without surgery. We offer this procedure through our clinics located in the greater Atlanta area. To learn more about obtaining relief from vertebrae fracture pain, contact our team to schedule a consultation with one of our pain physicians.