Vertebral Augmentation.

Relieving Painful Spinal Compression Fractures.

Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty

When dealing with painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) and the associated discomfort, Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty is a specialized approach that may offer relief. This minimally invasive procedure is designed to address spinal compression fractures and provide significant pain relief.

The Procedure:
A Simple, Inclusive, and Curved Approach

In Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty, a specialized approach is taken:

  • Unipedicular Approach: A unipedicular approach is created, reducing the invasiveness of the procedure.
  • Curved Needle Insertion: A curved needle is inserted into its ideal location unilaterally, further minimizing tissue disruption.
  • Balloon Insertion: A new 510K cleared 13G balloon is passed through the 10G curved needle to reach the optimal position within the collapsed vertebra.
  • Balloon Manipulation: The balloon is gently inflated to restore vertebral height, reducing deformity.
  • Balloon Removal: Once the desired height is achieved, the balloon is deflated and removed, leaving a cavity ready for stabilization.
  • Cement Delivery: The curved needle remains in place to facilitate cement delivery. Special bone cement is injected into the cavity, stabilizing the fractured vertebra.

Benefits of Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty

Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty offers several benefits:

Pain Relief

Most patients experience significant pain relief almost immediately after the procedure.

Restored Spinal Height

By restoring the height of the compressed vertebra unilaterally, this approach can improve spinal alignment and reduce the risk of further fractures.

Improved Mobility

Pain reduction and improved spinal alignment often lead to enhanced mobility and quality of life.

Minimally Invasive

Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and a shorter recovery period compared to traditional open surgery.

Low Risk

The procedure is generally considered safe and low risk.

Is Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty Right for You?

Your healthcare provider will assess your condition to determine if Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty is appropriate for you. Generally, candidates for this approach have:

  • Painful vertebral compression fractures
  • Inadequate pain relief from conservative treatments
  • No significant contraindications

If you’re suffering from spinal compression fractures and the associated pain, Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty may be the specialized approach you’ve been looking for. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that can provide significant pain relief, improve spinal alignment, and enhance your overall quality of life. Consult with your healthcare provider to discuss whether Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty is the right choice for you.

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