Vertibroplasty & Kyphoplasty: Vertebral Compression Fracture Treatment - DePuy Videos

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treating vertebral compression fractures

a vertebral compression fracture happens

when the front part or end plate of the

vertebral body collapses and the bone

tissue inside is crushed or compressed

this condition is often painful and is

usually worsened with movement

additional symptoms of a compression

fracture might include loss of height or

a hunched back although compression

fractures can sometimes be caused by a

severe injury due to a fall or car

accident or from certain types of cancer

they are most commonly caused by a

condition called osteoporosis which is a

thinning of the bones

with osteoporosis the bones are too weak

to bear normal pressure and can collapse

during routine activity

this condition occurs most often in

menopausal and postmenopausal women

a typical course of treatment for a

compression fracture may initially

include a conservative course of


medication to treat the underlying

osteoporosis and/or medication to

relieve the pain caused by the fracture

you may also be asked to decrease your

physical activities and to avoid lifting

heavy objects another common form of

treatment is the use of an external

brace to support the back and restrict

movement the brace keeps your back

straight and prevents you from bending

forward this takes pressure off the

fractured vertebrae and stops further

collapse of the bone these conservative

treatments aim to relieve pain and/or

allow healing to take place if healing

does not occur a surgical treatment

option may be necessary there are two

minimally invasive surgical procedures

that are used to treat compression

fractures vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

during a vertebroplasty the doctor

injects specially designed bone cement

through a minimally invasive technique

the cement is placed directly into the

fractured vertebra through a small

profile needle to prevent it from

collapsing any further and eliminate the

motion within the bone due to fracture

this stops the severe pain and

strengthens or casts the fractured bone

during a kyphoplasty the procedure is

essentially the same as vertebroplasty

with the only difference being the

placement of a balloon inside the

fractured bone prior to cement injection

when the balloon is inflated it creates

a void or cavity within the vertebra to

aid in cement placement to fill the void

and hold the fracture in place both

vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

procedures normally take no more than

one hour both procedures are considered

minimally invasive and typically

patients will experience markedly

reduced pain immediately following the


these procedures are often performed on

an outpatient basis but some patients

may require a short hospital stay to

find the treatment that suits you best

contact your physician