Pros and cons of kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fracture?

Brace. Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com.
Very good. If the patient is of sufficient age- such as greater than 50 although not all patients need to be this age, it is a minimally invasive way to treat a vertebral fracture with cement and have quick relief of pain. Of course, since i'm a conservative dr., i like to let the compression fractures heal in a brace without being invasive. Let your pain be your guide.
Kyphoplasty. Better control of cement placememt with kyphoplasty was developed to avoid leaks seen in vertebralplasty only con is cost to insurance the kyphon balloons are way too expensive so insurance has looked for less expensive alternatives of course in luding the gov medicare kyphoplasty has an opportuniity to change the wedge to a block.

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What is best for a vertebral compression fracture and why: vertebroplasty, balloon kyphoplasty, or radiofrequency kyphoplasty?

Treating MD's choice. The best kind of treatment for the patient is actually the treatment option done best by the treating physician. One is not necessarily superior over others, as long as the treating physician is competent in the technique. One has to take into account multiple factors, including the level of fracture, degree of compression, fracture fragment locations, patient medical issues, etc. Read more...
Rest . These heal well with time intervention hasn't been shown to give better long term results only quicker pain relief i thought kyphoplasty worked wonderfully for new severe fracture pain. Read more...
Stabilizes fracture. Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. It relieves the pain by stabilizing the fracture. Check out kyphon.Com. Read more...

Which id better kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty for repair 2 sided compression fracture no pain lying. Severe pain when sitting or standing in pt in 90s

Vertebroplasty . Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are procedures that treat vertebral compression fractures with injecting liquid plastic. Kyphoplasty has an additional step of creating a space prior to injection. Occasionally you can get a little reduction of the fracture with kyphoplasty. It is controversial which one is better. Sometimes certain fractures lend themselves better to one or the other procedure. Both procedures usually provide quick pain relief. Please see my health guide on vertebral compression fractures. Good luck! Read more...
Equivalent. Both procedure have the same efficacy. Some believe you can get some vertebral body height restoration with kyphoplasty. I have not seen this. The needs to perform kyphoplasty are larger than for vertebroplasty. Read more...
Kyphoplasty . Both are good options. There is good literature to support these options. For me, kyphoplasty is a safe and effective treatment for osteoporotic compression fractures. Check out kyphon.Com. Read more...

I have a vertebral compression fracture, what other surgeries, other than balloon kyphoplasty, is there that could help relieve nerve compression?

Kyphoplasty BEST. Spine MRI is the best imaging study to check for acute fracture and 'nerve compression'. Kyphoplasty is the least invasive procedure to relieve pain of compression fractures. An open procedure may be needed to relieve 'nerve compression' so it is best to see a neurosurgeon or spine-orthopedics doctor to get correct procedure. Read more...
Serious. Most compression fractures do not require a surgical intervention for associated nerve compression. If there is serious canal compromise, then a fusion performed either with a corpectomy or laminectomy would be recommended. Of course, there are cases where a kyphoplasty is combined with fusion/laminectomy depending on the best needs of the patient. Read more...
Vertebroplasty. Since restoration of vertebral height has not demonstrated added benefit, if you are an appropriate candidate for kyphoplasty, you are also an appropriate candidate for vertebroplasty. Read more...
Several Choices. You can get either kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty to relieve an osteoporotic compression fracture. If there is collapse and deformity you may require an open procedure, however the risks are quite high for such an operation. Non-operative treatments including Forteo may helpful to strengthen the bones but will not relieve neural compression. Read more...

Has anyone had a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture?

Yes. Vertebroplatsy is one of the modes of treatment but it is not for everyone and should be done for very specific reasons. Read more...
Yes. I have performed many. Usually done for acute compression fractures less than 6- 8 weeks old and cancer involving the vertebral body which is very painful. Read more...

A compression fracture of t 12 from an injury, do you treat with a brace and later with kyphoplasty?

VCF. Based upon your age, i would be suspicious of osteoporosis as the underlying cause. If a fall from standing, or other low energy injury, this confirms diagnosis. For symptoms that persist, worsen, or are severely limiting, kyphoplasty is an excellent option. Outcomes are better in studies when done sooner than later. Also, make sure you are evaluated for osteoporosis—more fx's can shorten life. Read more...
Yes. Any surgery should always be the last option. Kyphoplasty is very simple, and completely alleviates the pain almost every time. But, almost all compression fractures heal on their own without any intervention at all if you wait a few months. Wait for as long as you can tolerate the pain. If the pain goes away, then great. If it gets so bad you can't stand it, then have the kyphoplasty. Read more...
I treat early. Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. Proper indications and patient selection are key. Check out kyphon.Com. Read more...

How serious is a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture of the spine?

Its a minor surgery. Vertebroplasty is typically an outpatient surgery that is done with conscious sedation and local anesthetic. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. The complication rate is very low. There is typically minimal blood loss. Otherwise healthy patients can usually go home about an hour after the procedure. Read more...
Minimal Risk. There are risks with all procedures. Vertebroplasty done by the right physician can be an effective way to manage acute pain from a compression fracture. The main risk is leaking of the bone cement outside of the bone. Again, if done correctly this is a low risk. Please note that there are other options to treat compression fracture rather than vertebroplasty, such as kyphoplasty. Read more...
No. Relatively speaking, a vertebroplasty is a safe, effective procedure for painful vertebral compression fractures. Thank you for your question. Read more...

Compression fracture of L1 L3 kyphoplasty no good bad osteoporosis chronic pain. Ms continue little to no relief any other pain med better for this?

See details. Are you under the care of a pain specialist? If not, consider seeing one. Morphine is very effective and it may be just a matter of altering the daily dose. Are you taking anything for the osteoporosis. Forteo is the drug of choice for severe osteoporosis. Read more...

How can vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty help treat spinal fractures?

For compression fx. These are like procedures done for osteoporotic compression fractures that may not be able to be treated non operatively, usually about 10% go to surgery. A vertebraplasty is an injection of "bone cement" into the vertebra while a kyphoplasty is the initial insertion of a baloon-like device to restore height of the compressed fracture and then a fill with "cement"restoring spinal alignment . Read more...
Stabilizes fracture. Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain. It relieves the pain by stabilizing the fracture. Check out kyphon.Com. Read more...