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Kyphoplasty Surgery

During kyphoplasty surgery, a small incision is made in the back. Using fluoroscopy, a trocar is guided to the correct position, and it creates a path through the back into the fractured area through the pedicle of the fractured vertebrae.

Using X-rays, Dr. Khan will insert a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, then gently and carefully inflate it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the compressed fracture, returning the pieces to a more normal position. It also compacts the soft inner bone to create a cavity inside the vertebrae.

The balloon is deflated and then removed and Dr. Khan will use specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). After being injected, the pasty material tracks along the fracture lines, hardens quickly and binds the broken pieces together like a cast inside the broken vertebrae, thus stabilizing the bone.

Surgery Details 

Kyphoplasty is always performed under local or IV Sedation anesthesia, especially to treat acute osteoporotic compression fractures and vertebral pathological fractures. Other logistics for a typical kyphoplasty procedure are:

  • The procedure takes about one hour 
  • Patients will be observed closely in the recovery room immediately following for an hour
  • Patients may spend up to one day in the hospital after the procedure has been performed. Patients are generally discharged home same day after the procedure. 

If you are released the day of the kyphoplasty surgery, you will need to arrange for transportation home from the hospital.

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The Right Treatment

Interventional pain specialist Arif B. Khan, MD, offers lasting solutions for several pain conditions. He has helped people of all ages in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of TX. His treatment recommendations always start with conservative interventions such as activity modification, therapeutic exercise or physical therapy.

I'm very pleased with the Medtronic Neurostimulator I received on the advice of Dr Khan. - Bridget.E

Arif B. Khan, MD, is the medical director of Texas Interventional Pain Care, an interventional pain center specializing in the treatment of many painful conditions, and located at 2201 N. Central Express Way, Suite 171, Richardson, TX 75080; 4800 North Galloway Ave. Suite 300 Mesquite, Texas 75150. Phone: 972-952-0290 or fax 972-952-0293.