Back Surgery | Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty | Nucleus Health

Back Surgery | Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty | Nucleus Health


If you have a compression fracture of one
or more bones in your spine, your doctor may recommend either a vertebroplasty or a kyphoplasty procedure. Your spine has five main sections, three of them are the cervical spine in your neck, the thoracic spine in your chest, and the lumbar spine in your lower back. Each of these sections has separate bones, called vertebrae. The weight-baring part of each
vertebra is called the vertebral body. Your vertebral body has an outer shell of solid bone and an inner network of porous spongy bone. If you have osteoporosis, the bone of the vertebral bodies can become thinner and more porous, making them very weak. Bending, sneezing, lifting objects, or falling can put more pressure on your spine than your weakened vertebral bodies can support. Compression fractures commonly occur in the transition zone from the stiffer thoracic spine to the more flexible lumbar spine. The pressure can cause a compression fracture, in which your vertebral body collapses. To reduce your pain,
your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments first. These treatments include rest, pain medication, and a back brace. If these treatments don’t work your doctor may recommend either a vertebroplasty or a kyphoplasty procedure. Before either procedure, an intravenous line, or IV, will be started. You may be given antibiotics through the iv to decrease your chance of infection. You will be given local anesthesia to numb your back. In addition, general anesthesia may be used to keep you unconscious and pain-free during the procedure. If you receive general anesthesia, a breathing tube will be inserted through your mouth and down your throat to help you breathe during the procedure. Your doctor will make two small puncture incisions
on your back, over your fractured vertebra. A hollow tube called a cannula, along with
a pointed instrument inside it called a trocar will be inserted through each incision into
your fractured vertebral body. Your doctor will use a real time x-ray machine called a Fluoroscope to guide placement of the cannula and trocar. If you are having a vertebroplasty
procedure your doctor will remove the trocar and then inject bone cement through each cannula to harden and stabilize your fractured vertebral body. If you are having a kyphoplasty procedure
your doctor will first insert a balloon tamp through each cannula before injecting the
cement. The balloon on the tip of this device will be inflated to restore the height of your vertebral body. After deflating and removing the balloon tamp, your doctor will fill the space created by the balloon with bone cement. At the end of either procedure your doctor
will remove each cannula and cover the tiny skin punctures with a sterile bandage. After either procedure your breathing tube will be removed if general anesthesia was used. You will be taken to the recovery area for monitoring. Pain medication will be given
as needed. You may be released from the hospital the same day or within one day after either procedure.

100 thoughts on “Back Surgery | Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty | Nucleus Health”

  1. I fractured my L1 in a bad car accident years ago but i did not have those procedures done, stupid ER put me in a torso brace and sent me home with some shit anti inflammatory medication, didn't even give me painkillers. Needless to say it healed wrong and I've been living with chronic pain and posture problems for many years now. The real issue isn't so much the actual bone, that fused back together a long time ago, the problems are the destroyed discs above and below L1, the reduced height of the vertebrae causing the rest of them to overload on to one another, couple that with degenerative disc disease, facet joint arthritis, yeah a big fucking mess.

  2. I can't help but wonder if I did this to myself as a kid, after I fell on my butt from a 16hh horse. It had sharp pain for months. And for some reason, I never whent to the doctor. Didn't cross my mind. Then again, I had severe carpal tunnel for 3 years, and never told my parents. I'd cry myself to sleep every night.

  3. I used to have a classmate who got surgery like this, she has her disc replaced with titanium discs. She said that the pain was intolerable after the surgery and felt better before the surgery.

  4. I've just watched the following video about a "real" person suffering from this disease.

    https://youtu.be/WlXE47RCIyM

    I hope that she is given the surgery that she so clearly needs.

  5. Ann Winifred Parkes.

    I am having KYPHOPLASTY Procedure tomorrow afternoon. After lying in hospital for the past 2 weeks, I shall be so happy to return home. Hopefully, with a decrease in pain.

    The following is a short video I made earlier today.

    Apologies for my low voice, but I was conscious of people on the ward sleeping. 😍

    https://youtu.be/MPqBHd3zuBo

    Wish me luck. I may post a better, updated video subsequent to the Procedure. 💞

  6. Ann Winifred Parkes.

    I had vertebroplasty procedure first thing this morning (30th May) – although was originally assigned to be having kyphoplasty.

    https://youtu.be/YOU0e5WMi5s

    Tomorrow, I shall make a video indicating my own personal experience.

    Hopefully, this will be of some interest and help to prospective patients ❤ and those interested from a professional perspective.

    Best wishes. Ann. 🤩

  7. Why can't they just 3d print a complete new vertebrae?,say like a hardened plastic one,or just a full titanium thing?

  8. I had a compressed fracture, too, on my three lumbar spines last 2018 and I was given pain medications but I don’t know if I’d be open/happy to this idea of surgery. It makes me feel sick 😂

  9. Wow. Great 3D animation. This will come in handy when deciding whether to have back surgery or not. Many thanks for this informative vid.

  10. Сергей Бильмандо

    When your coding skills are shit and you need to bootleg it to work somehow… Literally shitty idea to do this kind of operation.

  11. I have 2 compression fractures of my back, bone spurs in the lower back, and I go see a dr today for a ct then right after that the neurologist to see if anything can be done, constant pain, and I go on vacation sep 2nd, so hopefully they can do something to fix this as the pain is constant to the point of I now have a home maker come to my place to help me clean…sad yes I know but I can barely bend over or walk without my eyes watering

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