Fracture Prevention Clinic



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South Texas Fracture Prevention Clinic

We provide compassionate treatment and give each of our patients the time they deserveā€

Helping patients understand bone health by taking time to explain specific bone diseases and risks. The Fracture Prevention Clinic also educates patients on how to prevent bone problems before a fracture or other bone issues occur. Although the FPC accepts all patients concerned about bone health, we specialize in osteoporosis and osteopenia.

  • Comfortable non-intrusive testing
  • Same day bone density results
  • Evidence-based treatments
  • Easy and Affordable Billing

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What is a kyphoplasty ?

A kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, outpatient 30-45 minute procedure used to treat vertebral compression fractures. Compression fractures usually occur in the chest region of the spine or in the low back, in areas weakened by osteoporosis.

The goals of the procedure are to reduce pain from the fracture, restore the natural height of the vertebrae, and ensure stability.

Who is a perfect candidate for a kyphoplasty?

  • Patients with confirmed osteoporosis who have a recent osteoporotic fracture are ideal candidates, because the more recent the fracture has occurred, the more likely it is able to have its height restored and pain reduced.
  • Patients with pain from an osteoporotic fracture: if you are known to have an osteoporotic fracture and have pain at that level, restoring height and fixing the broken vertebral body may relieve the pain.

How does a kyphoplasty  work?

  • The patient lays face down on the operating theatre table.
  • An intra-operative x-ray is used to confirm the correct levels before the incision is made.
  • Using x-ray guidance, a small needle goes through your skin into the broken bone.
  • A small balloon is inflated to restore the broken bone to its natural height. This is held into place for a few minutes. The balloon pump is then deflated while bone cement is used to fill in the new space. This cement hardens very quickly, essentially forming a sort of cast inside the bone.
  • The process may be repeated on the other pedicle on the bone to ensure uniformity and give a better chance of deformity correction.
  • The probe is then removed and a small dressing will be applied.
  • You will be monitored for a short time after the procedure before going home.
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