"The staff is friendly, helpful, and personable. I felt like our concerns were heard, procedures explained in a way we could understand. Doctor Quickert's no-nonsense approach was refreshing after having not-so-great treatment from others. We felt instantly comfortable and informed after our very first visit."
Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty
At Premier Medical Groups we use Kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation) and Vertebroplasty, which are both minimally invasive procedures, to stabilize a compression fracture of the back.
This stabilization prevents further damage to the vertebra and reduces the pain resulting from the fracture(s). Both procedures involve placing "cement" into the fracture through a small incision in the skin using x-ray guidance (to ensure proper placement).
What is Vertebroplasty / Kyphoplasty?
In the Kyphoplasty procedure, a needle is inserted through the skin and into the broken vertebra. In a Vertebroplasty, the balloon is not used. A special balloon is used to create a cavity which is then filled with a stabilizing bone “cement". Often, more than one broken vertebra can be treated in a single procedure. Open surgery is not required because the provider is able to guide the needle to the spot using special X-ray equipment.
Both procedures take less than an hour to perform, depending on how many bones are treated. The procedure is performed with mild sedation and local anesthesia that numbs the treated area. Some patients experience immediate pain relief after Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty. Most report that their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours. Many people can resume normal daily activities within hours to days after treatment.
Vertebroplasty is very similar to Kyphoplasty. The bone "cement" is injected directly into the fracture. Both procedures are very safe with few risks. Our team of trained professionals will discuss with you which procedure is right for your specific condition.
"I recently had an experience that I never dreamed could happen. I am 85 and have a bad back so my doctor referred me to Dr. Quickert. For years my husband kept telling me to “straighten up, your back is getting humped over” so I tried to hold my shoulders back but was getting worse.
Dr. Quickert had me get an MRI at the hospital. On the first visit, he inserted a needle into my back which contained a cement mixture. It went into a fractured vertebra. He let it set and I walked out of his office with a straight back and 1-2” taller. This was my miracle!"
Kyphoplasty (Balloon Vertebroplasty)
Compression Fractures of the Spine
On your initial visit, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your pain. We will review your available medical records and imaging studies, talk to you about your medical and pain history, perform a physical exam, and then design a tailored treatment plan based on your specific need.
We use a multidisciplinary, non-surgical, and non-narcotic approach to manage pain. We work to eliminate or reduce pain by using conservative therapies in conjunction with interventional treatments and, when needed, coordinate efforts with physical therapists, occupational therapists, and surgeons.