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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
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.
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