Cervical and Lumbar Kyphoplasty
Robert Louis, MD specializes in Cervical and Lumbar Kyphoplasty in Orange County
Robert Louis, MD, your Orange County Neurosurgeon, specializes in Cervical and Lumbar Kyphoplasty for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures (VCF) of the spine due to injury, disease (osteoporosis, spinal tumor and cancer) and degeneration. Spine fractures can be painful, cause hunch posture and limit spine mobility.
What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, performed under local or general anesthesia. A small incision is made in the back through which Dr. Louis places a narrow tube. A fluoroscopy is used to guide the tube to the correct position into the fractured or collapsed area. In kyphoplasty, a balloon is first inserted and inflated to expand the compressed vertebra to its normal height before filling the space of the collapsed or fractured bone with special bone cement to restore the vertebra height and relieve painful symptoms. The entire procedure takes about or less than an hour. Kyphoplasty offers patients faster recovery and reduce the risk of future fractures in the treated bone.
Benefits of Kyphoplasty
Little or no scarring
Less trauma to surrounding tissues and critical nerves
Reduced risk of neurological damage
Fewer side effects
Faster recovery time
Prevents further fractures
Improves quality of life
Pre Kyphoplasty Procedure
Dr. Louis will require full examination with blood test and X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate the fractures.
An anesthesiologist will deliver medicine through an IV to either relax you and relieve your pain or put you to sleep.
You will spend time in a recovery room. You could go home the same day, but Dr. Louis may require you to stay overnight. You may be able to start walking an hour after the procedure. Some soreness may be felt around the area where the needle has been inserted, but this lasts only a few days. After Kyphoplasty, you notice improvement and feel less pain.
Your Orange County Neurosurgeon will discuss with you about resuming normal activities after the procedure.
He may recommend taking certain vitamins, minerals and medications to help strengthen your bones and prevent spinal fractures in the future.
For more information on Cervical and Lumbar Kyphoplasty or to request an appointment with Dr. Louis, call (949) 383-4185 or Contact Us.