What is a Vertebroplasty?
Vertebroplasty is a type of vertebral augmentation surgery to repair a fractured spinal vertebra. Fractured vertebrae can collapse together and cause pain, inflammation, numbness, weakness in the extremities or even loss of some bodily functions. Dr. Sina Rajamand can perform vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty to repair fractured vertebrae at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno, Nevada. Fractured vertebrae can be caused by:
- Compression fractures
- Collapsed vertebrae
- Progressive spinal disease
In a vertebroplasty procedure, the patient is manipulated externally to create the necessary space between vertebrae so that a cement-like substance can be injected between them for increased stabilization. Both vertebroplasty and a similar procedure, kyphoplasty, use this cement-like material to stabilize the spine, relieve pain and other symptoms and stop any degenerative progression in the condition.
Kyphoplasty vs Vertebroplasty
Kyphoplasty differs from vertebroplasty in that with kyphoplasty, Dr. Rajamand uses surgical tools to physically create the necessary space between fractured vertebrae before filling this space with stabilizing material. Often, a balloon-like device is used to separate damaged vertebrae, posing less risk of further damage than metal tools.
The decision whether to use kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty to repair your fractured vertebrae depends on the location of the damage, its severity and if exterior manipulation is successful to create the necessary space for inserting stabilizing cement. A vertebroplasty may turn into a kyphoplasty if manipulating the patient does not create sufficient space for the repair.
Minimally-Invasive Reno Neurosurgery for a Fractured Vertebrae
Dr. Sina Rajamand is a specialist at using true minimally-invasive procedures for both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty. With small incisions and tiny tools with cameras, he can view the surgical space on a large screen, which allows him to make intricate movements in the surgical space without risking damage to neighboring tissues or structures.
These techniques reduce surgical risks and allow for faster healing and recovery for his patients. When you have a fractured vertebrae and conservative treatments do not relieve your pain, contact Dr. Rajamand at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno for minimally-invasive kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty spinal augmentation surgery. He can explain more about each and why he recommends either procedure during a pre-surgical consultation.