Minimally invasive procedures against the pain in the spine.

In contrast to the young man who has a good bone substance, the older patient undergoes a more or less pronounced bone loss (osteoporosis). Common results of osteoporosis are vertebral fractures (fractures), especially in the thoracic and lumbar spine, which occur frequently without adequate force.

Professor Dr. med. Lill and his team at the OrthoCenter Munich will tell you everything about the kyphoplasty and guide you trough every single step of the treamtent.


These vertebral fractures often cause most back pain. Is there no effective relief of symptoms after the conservative treatment measures over a period of at least three weeks, among other things demonstrably harassed with brace therapy and are there no nerve structures in the vertebral canal, then a surgery with a balloon is advised. The goal of this ultra-modern and minimally invasive method is using a balloon straighten the vertebral body back and to consolidate this by injecting a viscous bone cement in its structure.


The surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia in the prone position. The surgeon performs under X-ray control two few millimeters thick needles right and left in the fractured vertebral body. Beyond these two cannulas each one deployes a small balloon in the vertebral body. The balloons will be filled with contrast medium, whereby the collapsed vertebral body cover plate is raised and the deformity is corrected. The cavity thus obtained is then filled with a thick and fast-curing bone cement, thus stabilizing the fractured vertebral body in its corrected position. The current study situation reported by a rapid and significant improvement to complete complaint in approximately 80-90%. The patient is in a few hours to fully load-capable and mobile.


In the first two weeks after surgical intervention, we recommend physical indulgence at full load capacity. Then may be started with physiotherapy treatment measures under the guidance back to the core muscles to strengthen. Also, it should be done concomitantly drug treatment for the treatment of osteoporosis for at least two years in order to prevent further vertebral fractures regards the application of this method, so this method of dynamic stabilization in general must be viewed critically.

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