Kyphoplasty Surgery in India

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Verified By: Dr. Akhil Tawari (MBBS, MS (Orthopedics), DNB (Orthopedics), and D-Ortho)|Updated On March 4, 2020

Kyphoplasty in India

Kyphoplasty is a type of spine surgery that is used to treat the fracture of the spine. The procedure involves injecting cement into the vertebrae to heal it and increase stability. The difference between kyphoplasty vs vertebroplasty is that unlike vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty uses a balloon to create a cavity.

It is a minimally invasive procedure that is very effective in reducing back pain, making sure that there is no further collapse of the fractured spine. 

In addition to this, the Kyphoplasty procedure is done for making the alignments and postures even better than before. The spine is a very delicate set of bones that are stacked on top of each other attached to discs.

In the case of an injury or a sudden jerk, it is very common to break or damage the vertebrae or the vertebral disc. Since the vertebrae are attached to each other, a fracture in one of them can lead to the ineffectiveness of the others as well.

The spinal canal also has spinal nerves that are responsible for sending and receiving signals to and from the brain. The fracture can possibly damage these nerves as well as cause other deformities in the body. Hence surgical treatments are opted for. This gives the best kyphoplasty success rate.

How is a Kyphoplasty Procedure Performed?

A digram which shows how the kyphoplasty surgery is performed.
  • A small incision is made at the place of the fracture and a narrow tube is inserted through that incision to dilate and separate the muscles.
  • Fluoroscopy is used as a guiding technique to create a well-lit path for the surgeon.
  • The surgeon now inserts a balloon into the tube that gets into the vertebrae. This balloon is then inflated and this elevates the fractured vertebrae. 
  • The fractured bone or fractured vertebra is returned to its normal position. 
  • The balloon is then removed and an injection is used to fill the cavity with some cement-like material. This material is known as PMMA.
  • After this, the incision is stitched back to normal.

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What are the risks with a kyphoplasty procedure?

There are a few small and big risks involved with Kyphoplasty like every other surgery. The complications the Kyphoplasty procedure include:

  • Pain in the operated area despite excellent medical care.
  • Nerve damage or muscle damage.
  • Damage to the spinal cord due to the wrong positioning of the instruments.
  • Leakage of the cement to the veins or the other areas surrounding the damaged vertebrae.
  • Allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the procedure.
  • Bleeding and scarring in the operated area.
  • Inability to move a body part due to the nerve damage.

How to prepare for a kyphoplasty procedure?

Certain pre-surgical tests such as MRI, CT scan and X-Rays are done on the patient to accurately determine the area of the fracture and the severity of the injury. The patient should be informed of general surgical risks and kyphoplasty precautions. Some patients who have osteoporosis or any other serious medical condition are not eligible for this treatment. In addition to this, smokers have to quit smoking at least a month before the surgery or they may encounter kyphoplasty complications or patient post-surgical complications.

An infographic showing Pre-surgical tests required such as MRI, CT Scan, X-ray which are done to make a treatment plan for kyphoplasty

What to expect after the kyphoplasty procedure is completed?

The procedure takes about an hour for each vertebra that needs to be fixed. During kyphoplasty recovery, the patient has to lie on their back for about an hour to let the cement dry out. After this, they are kept under observation for some time and are released in 24 hours. The maximum amount of time that has to be spent in the hospital is 24 to 48 hours.

The good news is that there is instant pain relief for most of the patients and they can return to their daily activities in 2 weeks. However, any heavy or high-intensity activity has to be avoided for 6 weeks. The regular follow-up therapy sessions need to be taken up to see the improvement and to make sure there are no further complications after kyphoplasty surgery.

The results of Kyphoplasty are mostly positive and are very effective. The kyphoplasty recovery time is short and also helps improve alignment in the patient.

What is the cost of kyphoplasty Surgery in India?

Treatment Possible is a medical tourism agency in Mumbai who will work to ensure high-quality spinal treatment is provided to patients while guaranteeing the lowest cost. Treatment Possible only works with Spine Surgeons in India who specialize in high-quality minimally invasive Kyphoplasty surgery. We are also closely associated with Indian hospitals who are equipped with OT that are compatible with instrumental surgery. The average cost of spine surgery can be in the range of USD 3000 to USD 5000 excluding the cost of the implant. if required. This also includes diagnostic procedures cost, medicines cost and treatment fees. The visiting specialist cost is also included in the total cost. For spine surgery, the post-surgery hospital stay is for 2-3 days due to small incision and bloodless surgery. Our understanding of the Indian Healthcare market and our valued relation with surgeons enables us to provide a surgery cost that is reasonable, affordable and transparent. You can do a cost comparison of the total treatment cost with other similar agencies and then decide for yourself. You also get to choose a good nursing facility from among the treatment plan choices shared with you by Treatment Possible.

We make your treatment possible and can arrange a hospital with the best kyphoplasty success rate and restore you back to health. The surgical technique and surgical procedure used are comparable to the best in the world. 

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Freaquently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q1. What is the difference between a vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty?

kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures that are often performed together. In vertebroplasty, a doctor injects a cement mixture into the bone to give it strength.

During Kyphoplasty, a doctor inserts and inflates a balloon to create an opening for the mixture. The balloon is removed after the cement is injected. Kyphoplasty is also known as balloon vertebroplasty.

Q2. How long does it take to resume normal activities?

You will be dischared from the hospital after 24-48 hours. You may feel some soreness where the needle entered your back, but it may only for a few days. You can resume daily activities after 2 weeks but you still need to avoid heavy duty activities and can only resume that after 6 weeks.

Q3. Is a kyphoplasty safe?

Kyphoplasty is safe with 70% reduced back pain and 60% improvement in quality of life. In some case it may lead to some complications.

Q4. Who is a suitable Candidate for kyphoplasty?

These procedures can be effective in treating people whose bones are weakened by cancer or whose vertebrae collapse due to osteoporosis, a disease that causes loss of bone density. They are usually not advisable for herniated disks, back arthritis, or curvature of the spine due to scoliosis. The procedure should be completed within 8 weeks of when the fracture occurs for the highest probability of restoring height.

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