Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to treat compression fracture or break in your vertebrae. Compression fractures occur in spinal vertebrae that have been weakened by osteoporosis or other conditions that weaken the bones, such as cancer. Compression fractures typically occur in the thoracic region of the spine, which includes the T1 through T12 vertebrae, but may also occur in the lumbar spine, or L1 through L5. The goals of vertebroplasty are to reduce pain while also stabilizing and strengthening the fractured vertebra.
In vertebroplasty, a doctor injects a cement mixture into the bone to give it strength. Kyphoplasty makes room for the mixture. In this procedure, a doctor inserts and inflates a balloon to create an opening for the mixture. The balloon is removed after the cement is injected. Kyphoplasty is sometimes referred to as balloon vertebroplasty. Both of these procedures are more likely to be successful if done within two months of a fracture diagnosis. They can help relieve pain and improve mobility when other measures fail to provide relief.
This is a same-day surgery procedure performed in the office and most patients are able to go home later that day.
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