After an acute vertebral fracture, stabilization and restoration are top priorities. Two of the most modern techniques for treating spine fractures caused by vertebral compression are kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty.
If you have recently suffered a fracture in the spine, one of these procedures may be able to help restore lost mobility and functionality. But time is of the essence; kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty must be performed relatively soon after the fracture occurs.
When to Get Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty?
The ideal time to schedule this procedure is the first eight weeks after a fracture. This can ensure the greatest results. Waiting longer can limit the efficacy of the treatment since the bone will have already begun to heal.
Which Treatment Is More Effective?
Both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty work the same way: cement is injected into fractured bone, which can restore proper height, eliminate pain, and promote greater mobility after healing.
The key difference lies in the fact that kyphoplasty requires first inserting a balloon into the fractured area, then inflating it to create a cavity. From there, the surgeon injects the cement.
If done within the first six weeks following a fracture, kyphoplasty may be more effective at restoring proper form and function to the vertebral column. Additionally, kyphoplasty restores height and volume to the affected area that was lost due to compression.
Working with a spine doctor to discuss your unique case is important to choose the best treatment for your needs. But remember, seeking help and discussing your options as soon as possible will give you the greatest options.
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