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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Kyphoplasty is surgery to fix broken vertebrae. Your vertebrae are the bones in your back that form your spine.
- Medicines can help decrease pain or prevent an infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Ask your PHP how much alcohol is safe for you. A drink of alcohol is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor.
Do not smoke:
If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking damages your bones and increases your risk for a fracture. Ask your PHP for information if you need help quitting.
Follow up with your PHP or surgeon as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your PHP or surgeon if:
- You have sudden pain in your ribs or lower back.
- You have worsening pain, even after you take medicine.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden trouble breathing or chest pain.
- You have sudden trouble swallowing.
- You are unable to move one or both of your arms or legs.
- You cannot think clearly.
- You have severe pain.
- You are urinating less than usual, or not at all.
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