Kyphoplasty Treatment in Miami, FL

This procedure is the minimally invasive treatment of choice for painful, symptomatic vertebral compression fractures. These fractures are usually a sequela of weakened bone, most typically from osteoporosis. In more severe forms of osteoporosis, spinal fractures can develop with little or no trauma.

This procedure was first FDA-cleared in March 2000. That month, Dr. Hyde became the FIRST spine surgeon in Miami/South Florida to perform the procedure, and he became considered as an innovator in the early adoption of this technology. He has lectured, published, and taught hundreds of surgeon colleagues about kyphoplasty. Dr. Hyde is considered Miami’s international expert in vertebral compression fractures. Dr. Hyde has performed several thousand successful vertebral body kyphoplasties in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Dr. Hyde has been a consultant to the following companies for Kyphoplasty:

  • Kyphon, Inc (now a subsidiary of Medtronic)
  • Medtronic
  • Spineology, Inc.
  • SpineWave, Inc.
  • AOI Medical
  • Osseon, Inc.

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Hope for People with Spinal Fractures

Osteoporosis is a disease that may appear with age, and it is largely associated with women post-menopause. Minimally invasive, kyphoplasty can alleviate as much as 90 percent of the pain from vertebral compression fractures that result from osteoporosis. Of the 700,000 individuals each year who experience these fractures, 260,000 live with debilitating pain.

Previously, the only options were to treat the pain with medication and bed rest, or to perform a vertebroplasty. Injecting a liquid form of bone cement into the vertebral body could reduce spinal instability, but the bone is not elevated to reduce the pressure on nerves. Also, spillage of liquid cement could cause complications.

Kyphoplasty addresses both issues. It elevates the bone and fills in the fractures.

How Kyphoplasty Works

The tiny bone fractures that develop can cause one or more vertebrae in the spine to collapse. There are 20 vertebral bodies, but each one is needed to support the spine, and an individual’s height and weight. Once the bone collapses, the spine curves into what’s called a dowager’s hump (kyphosis), which is one of the common spinal deformities associated with osteoporosis.

Kyphoplasty can be performed using local or general anesthesia, so the patient may be awake during the procedure. Using x-rays, surgeons can determine where to begin. The steps to the procedure are as follows:

  • A small incision is made near the spine, and a narrow tube is placed inside. Surgeons use fluoroscopy to guide this tube, which provides a path to insert the balloon into the affected vertebrae. Some doctors deliver the balloon via a specialized needle.
  • A balloon is inserted and delivered to the vertebrae, with the guidance of x-ray images. As it is inflated, the balloon elevates the bone fragments to restore their normal position; at the same time, the softer bone inside is compacted, creating a cavity within the vertebrae.
  • The balloon is removed, and polymethylmethacrylate, a cement-like material, is injected into the bone cavity at low pressure. It is pasty in nature. This material hardens quickly, and the bone becomes more stable.

Kyphoplasty generally takes about an hour. More than one vertebrae can be treated, which extends the amount of time the procedure takes. Many patients go home the same day as the surgery unless a doctor recommends an overnight stay in the hospital.

There are ordinarily few after-effects, other than soreness at the site of the injection. Patients often start walking as soon as an hour after the procedure is completed. Pain levels due to the compression are often reduced quickly following the surgery. In some cases, it is immediate; others report a reduction or elimination of pain within two days.

Life After Kyphoplasty Treatment

Kyphoplasty is an elective surgery, but people often experience less pain very soon after. Doctors are often focused on preventing additional fractures. Medications, vitamins, and minerals are often suggested to increase bone strength and avoid further spinal instability. Patients can often lead an active lifestyle after treatment but should discuss whether there are any activities they should avoid with their physician. Avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities for at least six weeks following surgery.

For a consultation and to schedule treatment from surgeons experienced in minimally invasive procedures, contact Miami Spine Specialists at 305-532-0065.

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This minimally-invasive procedure repairs a vertebral compression fracture. It helps restore the spine's natural shape. Some patients experience rapid pain relief after the procedure.

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