Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that often causes compression fractures in the spine. If you’re in pain because of these fractures, Shamsideen Musa, MD, of Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, can help using advanced kyphoplasty techniques. Dr. Musa is a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist who has considerable expertise in carrying out kyphoplasty surgery to treat compression fractures. Call Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure that Dr. Musa performs to treat compression fractures in your vertebrae. The aim is to resolve the pain from a spinal fracture, stabilizing the vertebrae and restoring the bone to a more normal height.
Many patients experience immediate pain relief after having kyphoplasty or feel the benefit within a couple of days. Kyphoplasty is most effective if carried out within eight weeks of a compression fracture happening. It can’t correct existing spinal deformities.
Compression fractures in your spine are more likely to occur as you age, especially if you have osteoporosis. This bone-thinning condition typically affects postmenopausal women, although it also affects many men, making your bones softer and weaker.
As a result, the vertebrae fracture very easily. You could sustain a tiny crack when you cough, miss your footing, or bend over. These tiny cracks are called hairline fractures, and they can multiply over time until the vertebra collapses and you have a compression fracture.
Having several compression fractures in your spine causes your back to start curving. This is because the fractures tend to affect the front of the vertebrae, where the bone is softer, making them wedge-shaped and causing the rounding of your upper back, known as a dowager’s hump.
Compression fractures cause chronic pain and increasing disability, but using kyphoplasty, Dr. Musa can alleviate your symptoms.
During a kyphoplasty procedure, Dr. Musa makes a small incision in your back and inserts a narrow piece of tubing. This tubing passes along your spine into the vertebra with the compression fracture. Dr. Musa uses fluoroscopy, a moving X-ray, to guide the tubing into place.
When the tube is in the right position, Dr. Musa puts a special medical balloon down the tube and into the vertebra. He inflates the balloon so it raises the compressed part of the bone and restores the height. At the same time, the balloon compacts the softer bone inside your vertebra to make a space.
After removing the balloon, Dr. Musa fills the space he made with a substance called PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate). PMMA is a bone cement that hardens inside the vertebrae to hold it in place and provide stability.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that takes about an hour, and you can typically go home later that day.
Find out whether kyphoplasty could ease the pain of spinal compression fractures by calling Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic today or booking an appointment online.