Kyphoplasty is used in cases of severely disabling pain caused by a vertebral fracture in order to stabilize the fracture to treat pain and prevent progressive deformity. The procedure involves using imaging-guidance to place cement into the fractured vertebra through small, minimally invasive incisions in the skin. The cement hardens in about 10 minutes and provides immediate stability.
What to Expect
Kyphoplasty involves placing a device such as a balloon catheter into a fractured vertebra and using it to correct any collapse towards its original shape and to help create a cavity inside the vertebrae. The void created is then filled with cement, helping to stabilize the fracture and thereby alleviate pain. Typically, patients can resume normal activity within 24 hours.