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Kyphoplasty Specialist

Comprehensive Pain Management

Pain Management & Anesthesiology located in Attleboro, MA, Franklin, MA, South Kingstown, RI & Warwick, RI

If you’re experiencing severe back pain because of a vertebral compression fracture, kyphoplasty could offer relief. At Comprehensive Pain Management’s four convenient locations, Do Chan, MD, MBA, and Boris Shwartzman, MD, offer a wide range of minimally invasive treatments, like kyphoplasty, to provide relief from back pain. To learn more about kyphoplasty, call to schedule an appointment at Comprehensive Pain Management in Attleboro or Franklin, Massachusetts, or South Kingstown or Warwick, Rhode Island.

Kyphoplasty Q & A

What is kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive pain management solution designed to repair a break or fracture in your vertebra. During this procedure, Dr. Chan or Dr. Shwartzman inject a special cement mixture into your damaged vertebra to restore strength and height to the bone to reduce your discomfort.

This technique provides rapid pain relief for chronic pain associated with vertebral compression fractures.

What is a vertebral compression fracture?

A vertebral compression fracture happens when a bone in your spine collapses. These types of fractures are typically due to bone weakening problems, like osteoporosis — a condition affecting 50% of women and 25% of men during their lifetime.

These types of breaks are most common in the middle and lower region of your spine or the thoracic and lumbar spine areas. In most cases, a vertebral compression fracture causes a variety of symptoms that can affect your overall health, including:

  • Severe lower and middle back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain in your abdomen or chest
  • Reduced mobility

When you have a vertebral compression fracture, it also significantly raises your risk of additional fractures in your surrounding vertebrae. More than 90% of men and women who have kyphoplasty see dramatic pain relief immediately, as well as increased function walking and performing daily activities.

What can I expect during kyphoplasty?

Dr. Chan and Dr. Shwartzman perform kyphoplasty as an outpatient procedure. In most cases, your treatment takes 30-45 minutes. If you have multiple vertebral compression fractures requiring treatment, kyphoplasty can take up to an hour.

You lie on your stomach during kyphoplasty. The team cleans and sterilizes the treatment site, and shaves it if necessary, before injecting a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Chan or Dr. Shwartzman uses fluoroscopy, a special kind of X-ray, to insert a hollow needle through your tissue and into your broken bone.

After placing the needle, Dr. Chan or Dr. Shwartzman guides a balloon into the area to restore height in your vertebrae to create space. Then they remove the balloon and inject bone cement into the new cavity. This special mixture stabilizes your fracture, provides pain relief, and increases your function.

Kyphoplasty doesn’t require stitches, and you can typically go home the same day.

Call Comprehensive Pain Management to schedule an appointment today.