Kyphoplasty in Hungary

With the present progression rate in medical science, kyphoplasty has been gaining ground as a popular treatment for osteoporosis fractures. Osteoporosis makes the bones brittle and prone to frequent breakage. The demineralization of the bones mostly occurs with progressing age and can cause frequent fractures. In cases that involve fracturing of the vertebrae, kyphoplasty is highly implemented. The procedure is furnished through minute invasion and uses bone cement to join and restructure the broken bone. As compared to other spinal surgeries, the average kyphoplasty cost is $6000 and is performed in major countries across the world. 

What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a type of spinal surgery that involves cementing fractured vertebral column. The surgery is swift and requires a minute invasion through which a trocar is inserted. For the correct insertion, the surgeons may require assistance for advanced X-Ray imaging, in order to locate the area of the fracture. Through the trocar, a balloon or kyphon is inserted, which then inflates and makes room for pouring the bone cement. 

Ideal Candidates for Kyphoplasty Surgery

In advanced stages of osteoporosis, bone fractures become frequent and need medical attention. However, surgical procedures like kyphoplasty are recommended only in case of bone fractures, or cracks in the vertebral column. Thus, ideal candidates for the procedure are individuals who:

  • Have suffered a minor vertebral fracture
  • Has exaggerated spacing between adjacent vertebrae
  • Has eroded or disintegrated vertebral column 
  • Is unresponsive towards long-term conservative treatments

Factors affecting the cost of Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty cost mostly depends on the kyphon kit or the balloon used in the surgery. In general, a single balloon costs approximately $3500, or more. Apart from this, the other factors affecting the cost are:

  • Number of procedures required 
  • An area where damage has been diagnosed
  • The extent of fracture occurred
  • Follow up treatments required.
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About the Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is also known as balloon kyphoplasty. It is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that can repair spinal fractures caused by cancer, osteoporosis, or benign lesions. It is not used for spinal stenosis treatment.

Kyphoplasty procedure is designed to relieve the intense pain caused by vertebral compression fractures, to stabilize the bone or to bring back some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture. Kyphoplasty or balloon kyphoplasty is a superb replacement of the typical conventional therapies such as analgesic use, bed rest, and bracing. It is a quick remedy for severe pain due to vertebral compression. It eliminates the pain almost immediately and the risk of complications during kyphoplasty is low. However, it is not intended for the treatment of arthritis or intervertebral disc disease. Kyphoplasty is different from discectomy, which is conducted in case of a herniated disc. Discectomy completely removes the damaged or herniated disc from the vertebrae of the patient.

Laminectomy and vertebroplasty are two other procedures that follow different techniques for stabilizing fractures. Laminectomy works by removing the lamina to create space, vertebroplasty works by injecting cement into the broken or cracked spine. For the same reason, vertebroplasty cost is different from kyphoplasty cost.

Who is the best candidate for kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is typically suggested in case of:

  • Severe pain that cannot be controlled by pain-relieving medications
  • Severe functional restraints such as inability to walk or stand
  • Fractures resulting in loss of height and alignment
  • Multiple fractures in spine
  • Fractures with radical collapse
  • Fractures located at the thoracolumbar junction
  • Spondylolisthesis, that is, displacement of one vertebra over another

How is Kyphoplasty performed?

Kyphoplasty starts by administering a local or general anaesthesia to the patient. The patient remains unconscious during the entire procedure, and therefore, is not able to feel anything. After the anaesthesia, the patient may receive antibiotics to prevent infection.The patient is then made to lie down on their stomach and is connected to the pulse, heart, and blood pressure monitors. The following the four steps in kyphoplasty procedure:

  • Step 1:  The targeted area is cleaned and sterilized with a solution. The surgeon makes a narrow pathway into the fractured bone with a hollow needle (trocar). This incision site is about 1 cm in length. The surgeon guides the needle with the help of fluoroscopy.
  • Step 2: Now a small orthopaedic balloon is inserted into the trocar. Usually, two balloons are used in the procedure, one on each side of the vertebral body. It gives better support to the bone as it moves back into position and increases the tendency of deformity correction.
  • Step 3: Next, the balloon is gently inflated to create the space needed for the bone cement.
  • Step 4: Once a room has been created, the mixture is injected to fill it up. Fluoroscopy helps the surgeon confirm that the mixture is distributed accurately. After the cement is in place, the balloons are deflated and removed with a trocar.

No stitches are required during the procedure, but the incision is bandaged. The bone cement dries rapidly and forms an internal cast that holds the vertebral body in place. Kyphoplasty procedure takes less than one hour if only one vertebra is being treated. 

Recovery from Kyphoplasty

  • After kyphoplasty, you will have to stay in the recovery room for a short time. You may be allowed to get up and walk just after an hour of the procedure. However, you can feel some soreness that is common, but you should feel better within 48 hours of the procedure.
  • Usually, kyphoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure, so you may be able to go home the same day. But in some cases, kyphoplasty is also performed after admitting the patient. In such cases, the patient is required to stay in the hospital overnight for monitoring. Inpatient session for kyphoplasty is conducted if the procedure involves more than one vertebra or if there are any complications. Avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous activities for at least six weeks. Apply ice to the wound area if you have pain where the incision was made. The patient is typically able to conduct daily activities after one week of the procedure. However, strenuous exertion and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least six weeks. It is important to follow the instructions given by the doctor for a speedy recovery after kyphoplasty.

Typically, kyphoplasty does not have any severe side effects. You may experience some minor side discomfort such as soreness and redness of the skin. These problems usually resolve on their own or with minimal medical management. However, you should consult the doctor in case the symptoms persist for more than a few days.

The chances of risks and complications from kyphoplasty are overall low. But some complications may arise nonetheless. Extravasation is one such procedure that can take place in some cases but it is very rare. Extravasation refers to the leakage of bone cement from where it is supposed to stay. The risk of severe bleeding, nerve injury, spinal fluid leak, paralysis, and pulmonary embolus is less than two percent. Kyphoplasty is a safe procedure but call your doctor right away if you experience severe muscle pain, continues leg pain, back or rib pain that is really bad or gets worse over time, fever, numbness or tingling sensation, and weakness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Hungary / Why should opt for Hungary as a destination for your medical treatment?
Hungary is well-known for the broad range of treatments implemented for treating one or diverse types of diseases. The healthcare facilities in Hungary focuses on overall care and thus, attends to both physiological and psychological care. To keep at par with the other developed countries in the world, Hungary focuses in upgrading and constantly keeps room for including modern amenities. Therefore, the candidates availing treatments in Hungary are treated thoroughly with modern techniques, assisted by skilled professionals which makes opting Hungary one of the most wise decisions.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Hungary? Are they JCI certified. What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The hospital in Hungary are furnished with cutting edge technology and robotic machineries which are the newest addition to the medical field. From diagnosis to providing necessary treatment, the hospitals are ideally planned to provide all-round care to every individual requiring medical assistance. One of the most important aspect of availing treatments in Hungary is the candidate interaction of the support staffs. Not only the doctors, surgeons, but also the support individuals are extremely well- educated with the modern devices, and are capable of dealing with every kind of situation and thereby has great contribution to the high success rates.
Are the doctors/surgeons in Hungary of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons are well- versed with the modern advancements and are duly trained to operate robotic technology gracing the medical science. They are also professionally trained to embrace future advancements which guarantees completely advanced mode of treatment to the visiting individuals. The treatment thus offered are world-class as specific care is taken to minimize side effects and further risks in fatal conditions.
What is the process for obtaining medical visa in Hungary?
To avail a medical visa before travelling to Hungary, the candidate must thoroughly go through the procedure mentioned on the government website of the country. The procedure should be stepwise followed and the mentioned/ required documents should be kept ready for producing, as and when required. The necessary requirements for the same are:
  • Two passport size photographs of the candidate
  • Valid passport (both original and photocopy) which should not have an expiry date within three months of scheduled visit.
  • Duly filled copy of visa application form
  • Paid receipt for the visa application fee
  • Medical insurance and travel insurance documents which guarantees financial credibility
  • Civil status proof of the candidate
  • Employment status, if any, or clear mentioning of the status of the candidate
  • Accommodation documents, may it be hotels, rental or staying with an acquaintance, should be clearly mentioned.
  • In case the candidate is a minor, consent letter from the guardians or parents need to be provided
  • Medical certificate duly signed by the registered medical practitioner as well as acceptance letter by the doctor referred to
  • Additional documents like birth certificate, residential proofs, etc., may also be required.
What support services does MediGence provide in Hungary?
The support services provided by MediGence ensures seamless medical travelling experience in Hungary. Right from the beginning of the journey to the end, MediGence assists the candidates and the family with utmost care thereby making the stay as comfortable as it can be. Hence, here is a list of services provided for candidate satisfaction:
  • Travel insurance guidance
  • Medical insurance query related support
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free Airport to Hospital Transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodation Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Hungary for medical treatment?
Hungary is thriving and blooming with metropolitan cities which have excelled in terms of hospitals and clinics thereby providing excellent medical facilities. The treatments in Hungary are world-class and have scored high success rates, which is why, a huge number of medical tourists flock to the country to avail treatments for minor to major diseases and anomalies. Hence, here are some of the best cities that house some of the best hospitals in Hungary:
  • Budapest
  • Pecs
  • Szeged
  • Debrecen
  • Miskolc

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