Dr. Finkenberg explains when patients need to see their surgeon after having a kyphoplasty procedure.
Most physicians will see patients back in their office within the week, and they ask you to start being active right away. We prefer you not to be bedridden or in chairs because that obviously is going to result in muscle atrophy and other complications resulting in not moving.
But I will see them a week after their procedure and then possibly a month to six weeks after that, and really once you have the ability to see that they are doing quite well, the bone cement is not moving, there is no change in the vertebra, either at the level you worked at or surrounding it, then it’s really on a as-needed basis.
About Dr. Finkenberg, M.D.
Dr. John Finkenberg has been in practice at Alvarado Hospital for 16 years. He completed his undergraduate and medical degree at UCLA. Following his orthopedic residency at Harbor/UCLA, he received fellowship training in Advanced Spinal Reconstruction Surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Maryland.
Dr. Finkenberg’s great interest in the advancement of spinal surgery developed from 15 years as a spine consultant assisting with the creation of new technology and procedures. He is a primary investigator for multi-center national research studies and lectures around the world on current research projects.