Physicians may suspect compression fractures in patients with the following symptoms:
There are three primary risk factors that lead to spinal fractures:
At Richmond Vascular Center, a trusted partner in your health, our expert physicians can diagnose a spinal fracture by performing a comprehensive physical and diagnostic exam that often includes an X-ray, CT scan or MRI and sometimes a bone scan. An MRI of the spine is considered the gold standard in diagnosing fractures and determining their age.
During a kyphoplasty, the procedure used to treat a spinal fracture, a patient lies face down on the surgical table. Using X-ray guidance and through a very small incision, the physician inserts a special needle through one or two side(s) of the fractured vertebra. Through this same needle a biopsy or sample of the bone is sometimes obtained and evaluated by pathologists.
During the kyphoplasty, a special balloon is inserted through the tube into the fractured vertebra. Once inside, the balloon is inflated, creating a cavity inside the bone. This can restore some of the height of the collapsed vertebra. This process is often repeated on the other side of the vertebra to ensure uniformity, increasing the chances of deformity correction.
The physician deflates and removes the balloon(s), leaving the newly created cavity behind. From there, the empty cavities and surrounding bone are filled with bone cement. This pasty compound hardens quickly (within about five minutes), creating a supportive cast inside the fractured vertebra.
Properly repairing a spinal fracture requires knowledgeable physicians whose innovative techniques can lead to life changing results, like a reduction in chronic pain. Undergoing a minimally invasive kyphoplasty at Richmond Vascular Center means receiving patient-focused care from established providers in a convenient, outpatient setting â€“ a cost effective alternative to overnight hospital stays.
A kyphoplasty generally requires around two hours to complete, which includes surgery preparation and recovery time. If a patient has multiple fractures each additional level will add roughly 30 minutes to the procedure.
The warm and compassionate staff and physicians at Richmond Vascular Center use a combination of local anesthetic and conscious sedation to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
There may be some soreness at the location of your fractures following your kyphoplasty, but most patients report feeling a reduction in pain within hours.
At Richmond Vascular Center, our staff works to ensure that all referrals and authorizations are in place prior to your first visit.