Definition of Vertroplasty/Kyphoplasty
Less severe vertebral fractures, caused by accidents, metastasis and osteoporosis, may be treated by Vertroplasty/Kyphoplasty.
Through a small incision a needle is introduced to the fractured vertebral body and afterwards bone-cement is injected to stabilize the fracture to reduce spinal pain.
Through a small incision a balloon is introduced to the fractured vertebral body to create a cavity so bone-cement can be injected to fill the cavity and therefore to stabilize the fracture.
Both surgeries can be conducted under local anaesthesia. Occasionally, general anaesthesia is required.
The post-operative course depends on the number of stabilized vertebras. Generally, patients can leave the hospital within a few days.
A first post-operative appointment will be scheduled four to six weeks after surgery.
Working ability and leisure behaviour
Usually, patients can return to work after four to six weeks. Daily activities, excluding heavy lifting (more than 10 kg), can be carried out earlier.