Multiple Myeloma Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty
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Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty for Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma can cause weakened, brittle bones, which may result in compression fractures of the spinal vertebrae. Vertebral compression fractures can cause severe back pain, spinal deformity, and loss of height.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our doctors can perform minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, to rebuild cracked or collapsed vertebrae caused by multiple myeloma. Both procedures involve a short surgical and recovery time, and may help to:
- Relieve pain
- Restore height
- Strengthen the vertebra
- Reduce spinal deformity
- Stabilize fractures
How it Works
In both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, our doctors use image guidance to inject a rapidly hardening cement-like material directly into the fractured bone through a hollow needle.
In multiple myeloma vertebroplasty, high pressure is used to push the liquid bone cement through the needle. In kyphoplasty, a special balloon is first inflated inside the fractured bone to expand it to its normal height, and then removed before filling the space with the bone cement.
CTCA orthopedic oncologist Dr. Richard Schmidt uses a type of synthetic bone material called HydroSet. The material, he says, is as strong as bone and, when it sets, doesn’t get hot and injure normal bone tissue. It also hardens within five minutes after being injected into the bone.
How We Support You in Your Treatment
Vertebral compression fractures can cause changes in your posture (e.g., kyphosis, or hunchback) and physical performance. These changes may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, and interfere with your ability to participate in activities you once did.
Your CTCA care team includes clinicians from many different disciplines who work together to support you during your multiple myeloma treatment.
For example, a rehabilitation therapist can work with you to incorporate safe levels of activity and help you overcome physical deficits. An image enhancement specialist can find ways to help you look and feel better. A mind-body therapist can provide counseling and relaxation techniques to help improve your emotional well-being.
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