Wednesday, July 30, 2014

K is for Kyphoplasty - AlphabeThursday

Balloon Kyphoplasty

It's still July and I was just getting things ready for my vacation.  Thinking about the "Letter K" I was going to miss.  But then I have a new word I wanted to share: kyphoplasty.  It's so new, Google doesn't know how to spell it.  I've been told the EU is familiar with this procedure.  It's just been approved in the US.  Lucky me, for that at least!


Here's one MRI view of the injured backbone.  Inside the purple lines is the cracked verebrae.  I believe the black mess is blood; the doctor had to wait until it dried up, or something like that.  Don't know what the circles are - some kind of digital marker.

Kyphoplasty is the surgery used to fix my broken vertebrae.  I think it was # T12.  I've told a few people what happened, but this is the medicine description (the first animated photo will make sense after this explanation):  An incision was made and they placed a narrow tube using fluoroscopy to guide the tube to the correct position.  Then using x-ray images, a special balloon was inserted.  They inflated the balloon, returning the pieces of my vertebrae back to its "normal" position.  When the balloon was removed, the doctor filled the cavity with a cement called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).  It hardened and stabilized the bone.

The procedure took 20-30 minutes, I was told, but was at the local Outpatient Surgery for the whole afternoon.  Thanks Doctor Schutz!

Come by AlphabeThursday for the Letter K

12 comments:

Wandering Wren said...

Kisses for you that you are well on the mend after your K surgery!
Wren x

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Oh my! That balloon is like a bitty car jack for your vertebra! Hope your back heals quickly! And that you enjoy your trip :)
It's good that Dr. Schutz knew more about the procedure than Google... LOL!

carol l mckenna said...

Creative and informative post for K ~ Happy Vacation ~

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Pam Beers. said...

My Mom had this done when she was 92. She is now 95 and has no pain. You'll be good as new in no time.

Leovi said...

I am glad that kyphoplasty has solved your problem!

edenhills said...

It does not look like fun. Glad it worked to help your back.

love HAPPY Notes said...

Ouch! I hope you feel better soon.

Gattina said...

Very interesting, I have never heard of kyphoplasty. Good to know !

Viki said...

I never heard of this. I hope it helps. I've never had back pain only from stress, I couldn't imagine having it all the time. Good luck!

EG CameraGirl said...

The wonders of modern medicine! I hope you feel much, MUCH better!

Jenny said...

I've never heard of that!

So glad that they found a way to help you!

Has it diminished the pain substantially?

Thanks for linking to the letter K.

Sending a gentle hug your way!

A++

Splendid Little Stars said...

wow! That is really incredible! I hope you are feeling so much better now.

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