Kyphoplasty in West Palm Beach, FL
Spinal fractures may require kyphoplasty to repair the bones. Charles S. Theofilos, MD, is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who specializes in kyphoplasty for patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and south Florida. His reputation for excellence in care and kyphoplasty procedures also brings people from around the world to The Spine Center.
What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure for treating osteoporotic fractures. The goal of kyphoplasty is to restore height to the bone, thus reducing deformity of the spine and to eliminate the pain of a fracture.
Why is Kyphoplasty Recommended?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fracture of the vertebral body (the thick block of bone at the front of the vertebra). With an osteoporotic fracture, the top of the vertebral body collapses down with more collapse in front, thus producing the “wedged” vertebrae, the “dowagers” hump, and shortened height. The resulting change in height and spinal alignment can lead to serious health problems, including chronic or severe pain, limited function and reduced mobility, loss of independence in daily activities, decreased lung capacity, and difficulty sleeping.
Studies show a first osteoporotic fracture makes it five times more likely additional fractures will occur. It is most important to seek medical treatment for osteoporosis before it reaches the fracture stage.
What Happens During the Kyphoplasty Procedure?
For best results, patients should have kyphoplasty procedures within two months of the original fracture. This ensures the bone has not healed beyond the point of where kyphoplasty can produce the optimum outcome. Kyphoplasty is an office-based procedure which is minimally invasive. A balloon is inserted and gently inflated inside the fractured vertebra. Next, a cement-like material is injected directly into the fractured bone. This procedure stabilizes the fracture and usually provides immediate pain relief in most patients. This procedure can be performed at his office under supervised anesthesia IV sedation to allow for a pain-free experience.
What Should I Expect After a Kyphoplasty Procedure?
Many patients experience pain relief immediately after kyphoplasty, but some patients need one to two days. Dr. Theofilos also recommends patients who have kyphoplasty have routine examinations for osteoporosis, as this is the most common cause of spinal fractures.
What Happens During a Kyphoplasty Consultation in West Palm Beach, FL?
Kyphoplasty is not recommended for individuals who have certain abnormalities of the spine nor for some patients with osteoporosis. Dr. Theofilos spends one-on-one time with each patient to perform a thorough evaluation, discuss your symptoms, and review or order diagnostic testing to ensure kyphoplasty is the most appropriate treatment option.
The Spine Center works with some insurance carriers, and we determine your out-of-pocket cost after the consultation. Financing is available through LendingUSA®.
If you have suffered a spinal fracture due to osteoporosis or trauma, board-certified neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, may recommend kyphoplasty to repair the bone. As the founder of The Spine Center, Dr. Theofilos is renowned for providing innovative treatments such as kyphoplasty, for neurological conditions to patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and south Florida. International patients also seek his expertise. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation or complimentary MRI review with Dr. Theofilos.