Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed to treat vertebral body compression fractures. Kyphoplasty uses orthopaedic bone cement to stabilize the fracture. Benefits include spinal deformity correction, significant pain relief, and return to an active life so you can stay healthy, strong, and independent.
Kyphoplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia. A small incision is made in the back. Using image guided x-ray technology a narrow tube is threaded through the incision to the fractured vertebra. A special balloon, a bone tamp is inserted through the tube into the vertebra and gently inflated to restore the vertebral body height. Next, the bone tamp is removed and the space is filled with Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), an orthopaedic bone cement. The cement hardens and repairs the fracture and stabilizes and strengthens the vertebral body. Vertebral body height is restored and pain is relieved. The procedure takes about 1-hour per fracture treated.
Besides the benefits mentioned earlier, others include:
All surgical procedures, including kyphoplasty involves risks and complications. Some risks and complications are not related to the procedure, but the patient’s general health. Your surgeon will carefully and thoroughly review these with you.
Although balloon kyphoplasty is appropriate for all patients, our specialists can talk to you about other treatment choices. Our skilled surgeons perform many balloon kyphoplasty procedures and are pleased to answer all of your questions.