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  • Kyphoplasty

    Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat compression fractures in the spine.

    During the procedure, a balloon is inserted into the spine and inflated to restore the height of the vertebrae before special cement is injected into the fracture to stabilize the spine, restoring mobility and relieving back pain.

    X-rays are used during kyphoplasty to help the surgeon position the balloon, needle, and cement in a position to promote optimal healing and recovery.

    What is Kyphoplasty used for?

    Unlike a similar procedure known as vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty is better suited to treated fractures that are causing kyphosis—an abnormal forward curvature of the spine.

    Fractures that have already healed on their own are not suitable for treatment with kyphoplasty.

    Am I a good candidate for Kyphoplasty?

    You may be a good candidate for kyphoplasty if other treatments have failed and your fractured vertebra is causing severe pain, immobility, or more serious complications.

    Kyphoplasty is an outpatient procedure (meaning an overnight hospital stay is not required). Either local or general anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

    Request an Appointment with a Kyphoplasty Specialist

    Call (888) 719-9157

    • Date of last review: January 8, 2020

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