Joseph D. Fortin, D.O. -  - Interventional Pain Management

Spine Technology and Rehabilitation

Joseph D. Fortin, D.O.

Interventional Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Specialist located in Fort Wayne, IN

When conservative treatments fail to ease the pain from your vertebral compression fracture, you could benefit from the minimally invasive kyphoplasty. Interventional pain management specialist Joseph Fortin, DO, at Spine Technology and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers many innovative treatments. These include kyphoplasty to help patients get relief from their back pain. To learn more about this minimally invasive surgical procedure, call the office today or book an appointment online.


What is kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that treats vertebral compression fractures. Your spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae. When the body of the vertebral bone collapses, you have what’s called a vertebral compression fracture. These fractures cause severe back pain, loss of height, and can lead to spinal deformity.

You can develop a vertebral compression fracture after an injury. These fractures are most often seen in people with osteoporosis. This chronic condition weakens bones and increases the risk of fractures.

Who needs kyphoplasty?

Dr. Fortin is an interventional pain management specialist offering comprehensive evaluations when you come to see him at Spine Technology and Rehabilitation for back pain. This exam is used to find and fix the root cause of your back pain.

You could need kyphoplasty if you have a vertebral compression fracture that fails to improve with conservative treatment. Or your pain is getting worse and affecting your ability to move about.

Kyphoplasty is most often used to treat compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, other diseases, or injury.

What happens during kyphoplasty?

Dr. Fortin develops personalized treatment plans based on your specific needs and reviews the details of your kyphoplasty during your evaluation. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure usually done under general anesthesia.

Using guided imagery, Dr. Fortin inserts a small needle into your spine and injects a surgical balloon near your fracture to raise the vertebra, restoring its height. He then injects a cement to fill in the spaces created by the balloon.

After your procedure, you’re taken to the recovery area for monitoring and then discharged home.

How long is recovery after kyphoplasty?

Though you’ll likely experience some soreness after your kyphoplasty, most patients report less pain and improved mobility within 48 hours after the procedure. Dr. Fortin reviews the specifics of your recovery during your consultation so that you know what to expect.

Many patients can resume their usual active lifestyles after the procedure without pain or reduced mobility.

To schedule a consultation with the interventional pain management specialist to learn more about kyphoplasty, call Spine Technology and Rehabilitation today, or book an appointment online.