Benefits of Balloon Kyphoplasty
Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat spinal fractures. Minimally invasive procedures offer many benefits for patients, and some benefits specific to kyphoplasty include:
- A shorter surgical time
- Can often be done with local anesthesia.
- Patients will be able to walk and return to their normal activities shortly after surgery.
- May be performed as an outpatient, requiring minimal, if any, hospital stay.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions, but generally, you will spend about an hour in the recovery room after the procedure. Here, a nurse will monitor your condition and assess your level of back pain.
Most patients are discharged from the hospital within 24 hours of their surgery. At a follow-up appointment, your doctor will assess whether you need to cut back or eliminate certain physical activity. Many patients report significant improvements in mobility and ability to perform daily tasks, so you may not have to make any changes to your physical activity level.
Not everyone who has a spinal fracture is a candidate for balloon kyphoplasty. As with any surgery, there are potential limitations and complications associated this procedure. Your doctor will explain all of the benefits and risks to help keep you as informed as possible about your treatment options.