Particularly, patients suffering from osteoporosis, commonly experience spinal fractures, often even without any fall triggering it. The collapsed vertebral body often causes pain or directly squeeze nerve structures. Here, repositioning and stabilising of the vertebral body through a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty may be of help.
During the kyphoplasty, patients lay on their stomach under anaesthesia.
Then, using X-ray control, the surgeon inserts small balloons via two tubes into the collapsed vertebral body. The balloons are then filled with contrast medium which re-erects and repositions the collapsed vertebral body. Then, the surgeon will inject a quickly-hardening bone cement in the cavity. Hereby, the collapsed vertebra stabilises in a restored upright position.
With a vertebroplasty, the bone cement is directly injected into the instable or collapsed vertebral body. This stabilises the vertebral body and makes it possible in many cases to live a pain free life again.