Kyphoplasty Specialist

University Pain Medicine Center -  - Interventional Pain Management Physician

University Pain Medicine Center

Interventional Pain Management Physicians & Minimally Invasive Surgeons located in Somerset, NJ & Monroe Township, NJ

If you have back or neck pain due to a vertebra with a compression fracture, kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment option. The team at the University Pain Medicine Center in Englewood Cliffs, Somerset, Monroe Township, Freehold, and Clark, New Jersey, offers minimally invasive kyphoplasty procedures to repair your vertebra, restore your spine, and relieve your pain. Call the University Pain Medicine Center or schedule a consultation online today to find out if kyphoplasty is right for you.

Kyphoplasty Q&A

What is kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to restore and repair vertebrae with compression fractures. Your University Pain Medicine Center doctor uses surgical cement to fill and repair your vertebra. Kyphoplasty is a restorative treatment only — your doctor won’t recommend it as a preventive measure if you have osteoporosis. 

Compression fractures are painful and can restrict your mobility. Bone fragments rub against each other, irritating your tissue and causing inflammation and pain. The swelling might also compress a nerve, which can lead to pain that radiates to your arms or legs as well as numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. 

What happens during kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a relatively quick outpatient procedure. If your doctor only repairs one vertebra, it takes less than an hour. 

Your doctor begins by taking X-rays to confirm the location of your compression fracture. Then, they clean the skin on your back or neck and provide a local anesthetic. 

Then, using fluoroscopy — a special type of X-ray — your doctor guides a hollow needle into your damaged vertebra. They insert a surgical balloon through the needle and inflate it to restore the natural shape of the bone. 

Next, your doctor injects surgical cement into your vertebra. Finally, they remove the needle and bandage the injection site. 

What should I expect after kyphoplasty?

You should be able to get up and walk around within an hour of kyphoplasty. You might feel a little tender or sore, but any discomfort should subside quickly. Your doctor might prescribe bone-strengthening supplements or medications to help restore your bones and reduce your risk of future injuries. 

Your doctor also schedules a follow-up appointment so they can check that your procedure was successful. They provide instructions on attending physical therapy and returning to your regular activities safely. 

How do I know if kyphoplasty is right for me?

The team at the University Pain Medicine Center provides comprehensive consultations and exams to identify the condition causing your pain. It’s critical to understand the root cause of your symptoms to create an effective treatment plan. In addition to a physical exam and blood tests, they use diagnostic imaging studies, X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to assess your needs. 

If your exam reveals a compression fracture, your doctor discusses your treatment options, including kyphoplasty, and answers your questions so you can make an informed choice about your treatment. 

If you have back or neck pain and suspect a fracture, call the University Pain Medicine Center or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatments like kyphoplasty.