Kyphoplasty is a proven, minimally invasive procedure uses orthopedic balloons and bone cement to repair a spinal fracture. The procedure sets the broken vertebra by creating an internal cast.
Kyphoplasty can reduce or eliminate back pain from a spinal fracture, as well as restore vertebral body height. Many people report increased mobility immediately following the procedure and enjoy long-term improvements – in mobility, restored vertebral body height, and reduced back pain.
It takes about an hour (per level) to treat a fracture and can be done on an outpatient or an inpatient basis, depending on the needs of the patient. Because Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, no hospitalization or general anesthesia is required, no surgical incision is needed—just a small nick in the skin—and no stitches are required.
Studies have shown that 75 to 90 percent of people treated with Kyphoplasty will have complete or significant reduction in pain.
Spinal fractures or compression fractures. This is caused by a weakening of the bone in the spine. A fracture occurs when the weakened vertebrae of the spine collapse, usually in the middle (thoracic) or lower (lumbar) spine.
In older adults, osteoporosis—a progressive weakening of the bone over time—is the primary cause of spinal fractures. Fractures typically occur in women over the age of 60 who are affected by osteoporosis. Spinal fractures can also occur among younger people whose bones have become fragile due to the long-term use of steroids or other drugs to treat diseases such as lupus, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis
Most patients who undergo Kyphoplasty for spinal fractures report that their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours and that they return to normal activity shortly after the procedure.
Our providers will work with you to develop an integrated and comprehensive plan that overcomes your condition and manages your pain.
To find out if you’re a candidate for kyphoplasty surgery, for more information or to schedule an appointment with a Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center specialist, please call 408-356-5292