When osteoporosis attacks the spine, it can weaken the vertebrae, allowing compression fractures to occur in the spine. These small fractures can cause intense back pain and allow for deformities and other issues for the patient. At McKinley Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Spine,our spine specialists offer many treatments for osteoporosis of the spine to relieve pain and improve function, including kyphoplasty surgery for spine compression fractures.
Spine compression fractures generally occur in the upper or mid back region, the thoracic spine. These fractures impact the shape and strength of the vertebrae, which can cause pain and result in changes to the shape of the spine. If left untreated, a hump of the spine can occur, which can affect height and even put pressure on internal organs. Kyphoplasty surgery offers an option to strengthen vertebrae that have compression fractures, reducing pain and helping reduce the chance of other symptoms.
Performing Spine Compression Fracture Treatment
Kyphoplasty surgery involves inserting a bone cement into the fractured vertebra to offer support and strength. To access the affected vertebra, a small incision is made at the point of the fracture, usually about a half inch in diameter. Specialized tools are used to create a cavity inside the vertebra to restore it to its original height if it has collapsed due to the fracture. Once enlarged, bone cement is injected inside the vertebra, which hardens quickly. The incision is closed, and the patient can usually go home the same day.
For those with spine compression fractures, kyphoplasty can offer a quick and minimally-invasive option to relieve pain and prevent spine deformities from osteoporosis. If you have been suffering due to pain from a spinal compression fracture, contact us today to schedule an exam and consultation with one of our spine specialists at McKinley Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Spine. We have exceptional facilities in the Fairbanks area and take care of all Alaskans.