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Did you know that one in two Americans over the age of 50 are at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass? This statistic is even more alarming when you consider that one of the most common debilitating fractures in the world is vertebral or compression fractures of the spine. Bingham Memorial Hospital’s Dr. David Shelley, is currently working with a new procedure called Balloon Kyphoplasty that is changing the way physicians treat this kind of injury.

Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can significantly reduce back pain and help increase mobility in patients who suffer from compression fractures of the spine. A spinal compression fracture occurs when pressure is put on a weakened spine and the bone fractures and collapses upon itself. This can happen when someone who has osteoporosis or other weakening effects in their bone mass simply stands up wrong or suffers a slight fall. This condition can be very painful and affect the quality of life for the patient.

The procedure involves a small balloon that is inserted and then inflated between the damaged vertebral disks, restoring the damaged vertebrae and relieving the pressure on the damaged disc. Bone cement is then used to fill in the damaged vertebrae and repair the fracture.

This is a minimally invasive procedure that spares the patient from the pain and recovery time associated with traditional spinal surgeries. This procedure has been used successfully throughout the United States and Europe, and has garnered national attention for its successes. With proper diagnosis and treatment, patients have been found to significantly improve their ability to perform normal daily activity and enjoy an overall improvement in their quality of life.

If you or someone you love would like more information about the amazing benefits of Balloon Kyphoplasty, you can reach Dr. David Shelley at 785-3800 (Blackfoot) or 233-4938 (Pocatello).

Watch how Marie's life was changed after getting her Kyphoplasty procedure.