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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Osteoporosis and Fractures
I am going in for a MRI this coming Tuesday, to see if I am a candidate for Kyphoplasty. Has anyone had this done, and if so what is your feedback about the proceedure?



  • Ellen:

    Sorry I just now saw this. My mother had the kyphoplasty procedure in October 2008 (I think) because she had a fractured vertebra (L1/2 area).

    She still complains with a great deal of pain, but she is 74 years old and in very poor health. She is not very active at all (not that I expect her to be running marathons or anything, but, she is very - very - sedentary).

    How have you been doing since you had the procedure? Remember that the kyphoplasty is just cement and will take time to "set". Be very careful and follow your doctor's orders TO THE "T". Do NOT overdo, no matter how good you are feeling. And, believe me - when you are in chronic pain all the time, the least little bit of improvement and you think you are cured. Not the case. So, take baby steps, give yourself time to heal and FOLLOW ORDERS!!

    If you can - or rather, when you can - give us an update. I love hearing success stories!

  • I have a consult tomorrow morning - has anyone had this procedure at EDITED?
    The fracture is now 5 months ago. In retrospect, it was visible on the first set of x-rays after a hard fall but went undiagnosed until recently. I've just mustered through a lot of pain and am looking forward to the relief this promises.
    I have read that kyphoplasty should be performed sooner - anyone have experience at the 5+ month time line?
    And I am 51 - anyone in this age group have this done?

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  • Hello Laundry Lady,

    Last April I had 2 old and 2 new compression fractures due to osteoporosis repaired by kypholasty. I was in so much pain for so long until I finally saw the right doc for me- a neurosurgeon. When I woke up after surgery I was expecting more pain. However, I was in no pain. Absolutely none. I thought it was the surgery meds but no; I stayed that way. My muscels were sore from surgery but it was nothing like I had been going through for far too many months.I had this done three weeks before I turned 51.

    My back did not stay pain free. In all fairness, I became very deconditioned due to my back and also another illness (which lead to having brittle bones). I was not well enough from my other illness to go to physical therapy, which I believe added to my problems. Please go to PT.

    I now have what looks like at least three more new fractures (I just had the MRI's and will know for sure Wednesday when I speak to the surgeon). I have finally recovered from a two year illness only to have more fractures. I feel well enough that should I need more kyphoplasty surgery, I will have it again and be well enough to attend ALL necessary physical therapy afterwards.

    The sugery was well worth it. I will do it again (different vertebrae) if necessary. Best wishes to you.
  • I was referred to get kyphoplasty done on my vertebrae for fractures. I also have herniated discs. After careful research I chose to see a chiropractor that uses several techniques to gradually help the spine to recuperate and heal. After about 1.5 years I am much better now and can do everything I used to before. I elected chiropractic care rather than conventional surgery and medicine, due to the terminal effects of kyphoplasty that resulted in the death of a friend shortly after the procedure. She developed pneumothorax (a collection of free air in the chest outside the lung that causes the lung to collapse) had a chest tube placed in her, began bleeding, became anemic, slipped into a coma and ultimately died. I found this information link to be very helpful in my decision making. I hope it helps you too.
    Good Luck.
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  • Hi, Ellen, I suffered a severe compression-burst fracture at L1-L2 after being pounded in a bow seat in a boat repeatedly...and lost about 1" of height. I started researching options while still an inpatient.

    The kyphoplasty is the newest operation for this and there were not many studies and stats then (2004). It sounded wonderful. Over 90% of patients reported no pain afterwards...but again, the stats were few and perhaps not valid.

    I was judged to be a candidate and was looking forward to tossing away the brace and cane. I was in my 40s and very active and working out prior to this operation.

    It was not successful. I am still in very much pain, only gained back about .25" of spine and no other operation can be performed on the area again. Also, my spine had started to heal within the 3 months between injury and surgery which the NS says impeded the balloon's ability. Also, the site of surgery ended up with a crooked healing which compounds the pain.

    I do not need my cane all the time and I have retired my brace mostly, but the pain is constant still. It is pretty much non-invasive surgery, so you should definitely consider it. Also I'm sure you're looking at the vertbraplasty too. The kypho has fewer risks, I believe, and you may well be in the 90% with no pain thereafter. Just remember when you read studies the 10% of us that do exist for which this was not a miracle.
  • I hope all goes well if you need surgery. take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • After my L4 fusion on Nov 20th I had a major spasm and fell fracturing L3. Ive been in pain for the 8wks since I fell on 1/27/09. Now the dr. is saying another 5 wks to recover. After all Ive been through I was advised of this procedure. I NEED to recover from all this already. Should I do this or just continue to heal for more wks. My bottom line concern is the potential for adjacent segment fractures if this is cemented. Any ideas. This is current and needs to be addressed asap. Thanks,
  • I fell appx 30 feet 4 wks, 3 days ago. I have a 40-60% wedge fracture of T8 anteriorally, T8 right transverse process broken in 3 places, T7 posterior spinous process complete fracture and 4th and 5th minimally displaced right side rib fractures. I was Trauma flighted and later that day told by a first year resident I didn't need a brace. I refused to move without one. I have seen probably 4 neurosurgeons, absolutely not one has mentioned any alternatives other than 10-12 weeks in the brace then rehab. I was very clear to all of the doctors I am extremely physically active (snowboard, mountain bike, wakeboard) all pretty physically demanding stuff. I had never even heard of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty until I found this sight about 20 minutes ago. Common sense (in my mind or opinion) seems that one of those procedurs could help me not only now but in the future. Has anyone else had any experience like mine and had either procedure? I am just looking for what is going to be best for me for the rest of my life and not live in fear I will re-injure my back because it was left to heal into a wedge, thanks

  • HI- some background... Spasm Tripped and fell after a spinal fusion. Not too good, right? This happened 1/27/09. My mom had a Kypho and said that I shouldnt do it because fractures can occur in other levels due to this procedure. I suffered for 9 wks and caved in and did it on 4/2/09. I did feel much better initially. BUT I am still in pain and wearing a brace except when sleeping. It seems to be a VERY slow recovery and I am scared and depressed. If I rest I have no strength. If I go out then I am overwhelmed and in pain. I do one thing a day, then it's back to rest. Yesterday I went to see my daughter and baked 2 pies for Mothers Day. NOT a good thing because I had to lay down at her place due to exhaustion and pain. Please get in touch via email as I dont check this site often enuf. trotterleg@aol.com.
  • I am, by nature a very positive and optimistic person I only found this site yesterday----but now i am scared !

    I was knocked off a motorbike hospitalised, discharged with'bruising' 2 days later returned in agony only to be told I had a compressed fracture 11th T........they 'forgot' to tell me !!

    I eventually was fitted with a brace i have had it on for 3 months but my orthopedic surgeon is not happy with my progress and is sending me for an MRI scan, with a view to having Kyphoplasty. He has been very honest and says it will not erradicate pain...........so why have it done ? is it to prevent curvature of the spine ? I have since
    been diagnosed with osteoporosis I am 53, but very young at heart and fit for my age. and to be honest still think everything will be ....am I kidding myself ?
  • Hi Patience

    You found a great place for info and support. Can't lie to you, back problems take a long long time to diagnose and cure. Often pain management is the solution.

    I always think a second opinion is necessary before any surgery no matter how much you love your surgeon. Remember doctors are only human and they miss things and make mistakes. I don't want to be the one they make a mistake on - lol.

    Have you done anything else since your accident? PT or massage or anything else?

    If you have questions ask the doctor. I try to make a list so that I don't forget. ALso taking someone with you can help if you feel overwhelmed by the office atmosphere. I love my ortho but sometimes I know he is rushing because the guy in the next room is in more need than I seem to be.

    The more info you share the more likely that someone here will be able to relate to you and share their experiences.

    Good Luck and again Welcome!!
  • Kris-NY

    thanks for your comments I've got 3 months to prepare myself and get as fit as I can within my capabilities,......My surgeon says it's ok to use my air walker so i am using that every day building the time up slowly, and I am doing the 'step' on Wii Fit....I enjoy that, and I go out walking when I can........I have to keep this up as I'm starting to put weight on.....only 7 pounds but enough to go back up a dress size so I want to nip it in the bud.....every day is a new day so I will endeavour to kepp positive....I know there are a lot of folkes out there a lot worse off than me, and in some ways I know i was lucky , it could have been a lot worse.

    Cheers everyone

    be lucky
  • Ellen,

    Did you have the procedure done? If so, was your outcome good? I am going next week for it. I have a fracture at T-11. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Carol D.
  • Started in Feb with Rt foot severe pain. Xray negative. Dr shot it up with cortisone and put me in a boot. Within a month, severe Rt below the knee pain. Went back, same thing, cortisone and leg brace. By end of that day could walk. Sent for MRI and was a Tibial horizontal fracture! Kept the brace and cane treatment. By end May bent over to pick up a empty box, heard a crack in lower back and knocked me down. MRI was L-1 and L-4 fracture. Dexa scan showed -3.5 osteoporosis. Double kyphoplasty June 4. Good for few weeks even back to work. Then that pain again. July16 MRI and L5 Kyphoplasty. July 30, MRI and L-2 and L-3 Kyphoplasty. Within 4 days fell down ( safely) from pain. MRI and now T-12 fracture. Im only ( young active) mid 50's. !!! Sent to a super endocrinologist for extensive workup. Results appt in a few more days. Meantime had to have all teeth pulled and dentures placed ( had some bad teeth) and started on Prolia injections, Evista, of course, Cacoum/ D, Vitamins and massive pain meds. Who knew? No symptoms previously. Anyone relate? Any ideas?
    Tetster in pain
  • I compressed my T11, T12 and L1 vertebrae in January of this year. The first xray my doctor missed the compression and said everything looked fine. Wow, I thought I have dodged a bullet. Should have known better because the pain was excruciating. To make a long story short, my physcian at the time said that bracing was not necessary. Said the compression was stable and prescribed pt and keep as active as possible. Just don't do alot of bend and lifting of heavy weights. I am now in intermittent pain. When I sit too long, etc etc etc Has anyone out there let a compression fracture heal naturally. I would love to hear your experiences.
  • If you have had a compression fracture and healed it naturally, could you please share your experiences. I didn't even have a brace because my Dr., a physiatrist felt that I didn't need one. He had me doing pt after only a month, and I traveled with my husband to Italy and walked up and down 90 degree angled streets, climbed stairs, etc. etc. Sounds good right. Well there have been residual pain in my hip joints and leg muscles. Has anyone had residual pain in hips and legs after a compression fracture?
    Hope to here from all of you slip and fall victims out there. Best regards.
  • ShareeSSharee Posts: 1
    edited 01/19/2013 - 8:38 PM
    He has suffered for a year with frequent periods of excruciating back pain from 3 vertebral compression fractures that were seen on MRI. Kyphosis has set in. Ribs are quite painful too. He has been taking natural supplements to slowly try to improve bone density. He does not have a lot of confidence in doctors, surgery, or drugs. But he might consider kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty if he learns of enough sucess stories directly from fellow fracture sufferers. I hope to read posts by numerous people who have had kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty procedures done.
  • I have L1 compression fracture and old fractures in L2,L3, and L4. Osetoporsis. 61 y/o female. Used to swim or walk an hour daily prior to L 1 fracture 6 months ago. . Now sedentary and use opiates. Has anyone tried Gonstead chiropractic technique instead of surgery? If so, please describe results. Thanks!

  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 07/17/2013 - 12:09 AM
    Had trauma motorbike accident 80% crushed T5, some damage to T6. This was now 8 years ago and I have not had surgery. I have had incredible pain every day for the past 8 years (the medications are the only things that keep me functional although barely some days), except while I am asleep. At the time they did not believe in bracing as thoracic fractures were thought to be stable - what a joke as I also had broken ribs.

    Some of the things - need to see if your hips are in alignment - I wear a built up shoe on my right side.

    You need to find which side your vertabrae is wedged. Mine is on the right so every time I bent to the left my T4 would pop out, think it was touching my spinal cord as the pain was unbearable. My new physio has only just worked this out. I have spent so much money on specialists - I only had pain on the right side and they would think it was strange and put question marks in their reports - but took my physio to think outside the box.

    I looked at shoulder pain for years - look at the dermatone chart on this site to see where the pain radiates.

    My very new physio found the vertabrae above the damaged ones trying to take over. My T5 was so badly wedge crushed no-one looked at the one above.

    I have read lots of posts and researched myself. It seems your body tries to heal itself by the vertabrae above trying to compensate for the damaged ones below.

    At the moment I have my shoulder, had a damaged shoulder and it froze for 18 months - (I didn't feel any pain from it as one theory is you only feel the pain that is the strongest at the time), taped back into place - my T4 taped into place - my T3 now taped into place. This is the first pain relief I have had in 8 years. As it has been out for 8 years my muscles still spasm to try to pop it back out I am starting to be able to put it back in myself with a rubber ball sometimes. I am also careful and only bend to the right now - seems to work.

    If I had my time over I would have worn a soft brace to make sure everything healed in the right place (or even something like a halo they use for cervical spine )- including my broken ribs. I would also make sure the vertabrae and discs above are healing in the correct place instead of trying to compensate for the damage to the ones below.

    The only thing that worked for pain were painkillers and muscle relaxants combined. Painkillers did not work by themselves, obviously my muscles were going into spasm trying to compensate for my T5 as well.

    I am seeing another specialist soon to see what he thinks. They hate operating on thoracic as it is so dangerous. Some doctors still believe thoracic is stable , joined to your ribs, and shouldn't hurt. Read the intractable pain manual on this site - it's great information.

    What I am hoping and praying is now everything is taped in the right place my body will end up in the correct position by itself and my T4 will stop touching my spinal cord which is absolute agony as it my central nervous system.

    I honestly believe if they had treated my injury this way at first I would not have to have incredible agony for 8 years now, had to give up my job and I think the pain would have resolved within the first year. This is just new to me and I can't promise anything but thoracic surgery is so dangerous, they usually don't operate for pain and there is no guarantee that the pain will be less after surgery.

    What still ceases to amaze me is that the specialists do not pick up that the one above tries to compensate for the damaged ones below. It's not rocket science and I have read many posts that have said after the first surgery they need a second one for the ones above.
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