For patients who are suffering from severe back pain due to compression in the spine, and who have already tried noninvasive traction-type techniques to no avail, there are several surgical procedures that can effectively relieve the pain. Some of them include vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, laminectomy, and microdiscectomy.
Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty have identical goals: pain relief, restoration of mobility, and improvement of spine length or shape. These outpatient surgical techniques are specifically indicated for treating spinal decompression pain and fractures in the vertebrae.
However, there are key differences between the two. Let’s take a look at vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty and how they can provide relief from your debilitating back pain.
Vertebroplasty for Spinal Decompression
In vertebroplasty, the doctor injects bone cement right into the vertebral fractures. The doctor is guided by X-ray technology for precision. The cement takes approximately 10 minutes to harden, but you may be asked to stay for about an hour while it sets.
For many patients who undergo vertebroplasty, the relief is immediate – as soon as the cement hardens. For others, it may take a few days to feel relief from the back pain.
Kyphoplasty for Back Pain and Deformity
Kyphoplasty is very similar to vertebroplasty, except the surgeon utilizes tiny balloons in order to open up cracked or compressed areas in the vertebrae. Once a balloon is opened inside a vertebra, the doctor can fill in the space with the bone cement.
Patients who have a spinal deformity or have lost height due to spinal compression, such as if a patient tilts forward when standing and walking, are good candidates for this surgical procedure. Ultimately, it can help prevent the worsening of the spinal deformity and maintain spinal integrity.
Kyphoplasty is lauded for its ability to restore a patient’s height and reduce kyphosis. However, patients who undergo kyphoplasty need to avoid carrying heavy loads that may undermine the effects of the surgery.
Spinal Surgery for Osteoporosis
Patients who most benefit from vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty are those whose back pain correlates with the vertebral fractures, or patients who have osteoporosis. The patient’s diagnosis will have been vertebral fractures as the source of pain and disability rather than arthritis, disk herniation, or spinal stenosis.
Back Pain Doctors in Washington State and New Mexico
If you are interested in hearing about your options for treating back pain, osteoporosis, or spinal decompression, Lynx Healthcare is here to help you. We are changing the way medical services are delivered by providing each patient with personalized attention and creating a highly individualized treatment plan.
We understand what your back pain feels like and what you are going through. We are pain doctors whose specialty is interventional pain medicine, and our mission is to help patients like yourself find relief from your pain.
Our physicians are experienced and compassionate, and our facility offers the latest noninvasive techniques as well as minimally invasive outpatient surgical services. We will use our knowledge and training to help you live a pain-free life.
To schedule a consultation, call Lynx Healthcare today at (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment online now. We look forward to being your go-to medical provider of choice.