Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair spinal compression fractures. It takes about an hour per fracture level to treat a compression fracture with balloon Kyphoplasty. This procedure can be done on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Kyphoplasty can reduce or eliminate back pain from a spinal compression fracture, as well as restore vertebral body height and proper alignment of the spine. Early and effective treatment (fixing the broken bone) may reduce the consequences of spinal fractures. A very important goal of this early therapy to stabilize the spine and reduce pain is to promote early mobilization and avoid prolonged bed rest which can create further problems. Many patients are able to decrease or avoid the use of strong pain medication which can also cause sedation and constipation. Kyphoplasty involves the use of an orthopedic balloon and bone cement to repair the spinal fracture. The repair sets the broken vertebra by creating an internal cast. Many patients report immediate relief from compression fracture pain, sustained improvement in mobility, a resumption of activities of daily living, and improved quality of life.