Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair spinal compression fractures.  The 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. An important goal of this early therapy is to stabilize the spine and reduce pain promoting early mobilization.  Avoidance of prolonged bed rest is important in preventing additional problems.  Many patients can 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.