Spine Surgery in Orange County
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat compression fractures
of the spine. These fractures, also known as vertebral compression fractures
(VCF) are typically caused by the natural effects of aging and osteoporosis.
When a VCF causes the vertebra to collapse, it can lead to the development
of an abnormal forward curve, resulting in a loss in height, poor posture,
and severe back pain. Treatment to fix vertebral compression fractures
soon after they happen is essential to restoring vertebral body height
and size, and to avoiding risks of serious complications or additional
At the Center for Spine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute, our spine surgeons
are Board-Certified experts who specialize in using advanced surgical
techniques to help patients find relief from pain, restore mobility, and
effectively handle the demands of daily life. As a
minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty should be performed by surgeons who have experience and who
have performed many of these procedures, which is why you should place
your trust in the spine specialists at Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
How is Kyphoplasty Performed?
As opposed to traditional open surgery, kyphoplasty is performed though
a very small incision, or multiple small incisions, in the back. A thin
tube is then inserted through the incision and fluoroscopy, or live imaging,
is used to guide the tube into the damaged vertebra.
A medical grade balloon is used to inflate and reposition the vertebra
into a more normal shape. The balloon also compacts the soft inner portion
of bone in the vertebra and creates a cavity. When the balloon is deflated
and removed, cement can be put in its place to fix the vertebral body
and allow for it to maintain a normal shape. The cement will harden, the
tube will be removed, and the incisions closed. Kyphoplasty takes about
an hour per fracture level treated.
Kyphoplasty is performed in an outpatient basis. Following surgery, patients
can expect to return to normal activities at the recommendation of their
surgeon’s specific instructions, usually after six weeks. Most patients
do not require any form of rehabilitation or
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The quality of care and impressive nurse to patient ratio we provide at
the Center for Spine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute is one of the many reasons
why top spine surgeons and orthopedic specialists have aligned their practices
with our state-of-the-art hospital. Through their expertise and our entire
team’s commitment to comprehensive care, we have been able to successfully
help numerous residents throughout Orange County and the surrounding areas
of Southern California treat their back pain and improve their overall health.
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