Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty
Dr. Mark Lukens performs minimally invasive procedures at High Point
Regional Health System to help patients with spinal compression fractures
caused by osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis affects over 10 million individuals every year. Many people
who have this disease are at high risk for spinal fractures which cause
debilitating pain, limit motion and affect their quality of life.
Balloon Kyphoplasty and Percutaneous Vetebroplasty are procedures that
stabilize the fractured vertebra, helping to alleviate pain. Both
are minimally invasive for the patient and show results almost
Balloon kyphoplasty can reduce back pain, improve back function and
of life and restore vertebral body height and spinal alignment in patients
with osteoporosis. It is performed using fluoroscopic guidance, and is
usually done on an outpatient basis. Patient satisfaction with the
is excellent with little, if any, procedural discomfort. Because sedation
used, the patient is monitored for a period of time before discharge,
generally the same day.
Percutaneous Vetebroplasty, another treatment for vertebral compression
fractures, is also performed using fluoroscopic guidance and is usually
performed on an outpatient basis. The patient is monitored for a period of
time before discharge, generally the same day.
Both procedures have over a 90% success rate at High Point Regional Health