Performed by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas
When a patient develops a fracture on one or more of the large bones in their back (vertebrae), their spine can become very painful in any position. A kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Using fluoroscopic guided x-ray, the physician will carefully inject a cement paste into the vertebrae that has the compression fracture to help the fracture stabilize and heal at a faster rate than if it was left untreated.
- Local anesthetic will be used to inject in the back to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure
- Fluoroscopy, a type of x-ray, will used to insure accurate needle placement
The procedure usually takes less than an hour to perform. Many patients experience relief within a few days after the procedure, although some patients may experience some pain and discomfort for a few weeks. The patient can typically return to work the following day.