Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure our doctors use to treat fractures of the vertebrae typically caused by conditions such as osteoporosis or trauma. Vertebral fractures can cause extreme pain, spine deformity, loss of mobility, and loss of height. Kyphoplasty is designed to correct all these issues.
Many people with vertebral fractures recover without surgery. However, if a person is in severe pain that doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatment, kyphoplasty may be an option.
During the procedure, the surgeon injects an acrylic bone cement into the fracture through a small incision. In order to address the curvature of the spine caused by these fractures and restore height, the procedure also involves inflating a small balloon in the vertebrae to create space before injecting the cement.
The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour per vertebrae and patients can often go home the same day as their procedure, although some may require an overnight hospital stay.