|Treating the Symptoms and the Source|
Kyphon Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) estimates that more than 260,000 patients are diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture every year. Vertebral compression fractures have traditionally been treated with bed rest, medication, and bracing, all of which help to decrease a patient's pain but do not address the spinal deformity.
Balloon kyphoplastya procedure pioneered by Kyphonis a minimally invasive option that addresses both the deformity and the pain by stabilizing the fracture and helping to correct the vertebral-body deformity. Kyphon estimates that since 1998, the procedure has been used to treat more than 275,000 fractures in 230,000 patients.
The steps of kyphoplasty procedure are as follows.
The procedure typically takes less than one hour per fracture treated and may require a brief hospital stay. After the procedure, the patient should return to the treating physician for medical management and follow-up.