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Kyphoplasty Helps Back Pain Patients

If you are experiencing back pain because of osteoporotic fractures in the vertebrae of your spines, you can now feel relief by a procedure called Kyphoplasty. Dr. Albert Lee performs this simple procedure at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Kyphoplasty involves a small incision in your back through which the neurosurgeon inserts a narrow tube to position a balloon in place. Once inflated, the balloon elevates the fracture, and the fractured pieces return to a more normal position. Polymethlmethacrylate (a cement-like substance) is then inserted to harden and stabilize the bone.

The procedure takes approximately 20–30 minutes for each vertebra involved and is performed while you are under a local or general anesthesia. Most patients will feel immediate relief, whereas others will experience relief within 1–2 days after surgery. Patients are generally discharged from the hospital the day after the procedure.

The majority of patients who undergo this procedure are suffering from Osteoporosis, a disease that causes weakening of the bones. Osteoporosis affects both men and women, though the majority of patients with this disease are female.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY AT (850) 877-5115.


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