Kyphoplasty is an innovative medical procedure designed to provide relief from vertebral compression fractures, stabilize spinal structures, and alleviate pain caused by conditions such as osteoporosis or spinal trauma. This minimally invasive technique offers significant benefits for individuals seeking to regain their mobility, reduce discomfort, and enhance their overall quality of life.

What is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty involves the use of specialized instruments and advanced imaging technology to restore the height and shape of fractured vertebrae. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, and a small incision is made to access the affected area of the spine. Through this incision, a narrow tube (catheter) is guided into the fractured vertebra, creating a pathway for a balloon-like device to be inserted. The balloon is gently inflated, compacting the fractured bone and creating a cavity. Once the desired height is achieved, the balloon is deflated and removed, and the cavity is filled with bone cement to stabilize the vertebra.

Risks & Benefits of Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty offers a range of valuable benefits for individuals suffering from vertebral compression fractures and related spinal issues. By stabilizing and restoring the affected vertebrae, this minimally invasive procedure can provide rapid and significant relief from debilitating pain, improve spinal alignment, and enhance overall mobility.

Using advanced techniques, kyphoplasty helps prevent further vertebral collapse, reducing the risk of additional complications and promoting a higher quality of life. As with all treatments, this procedure comes with benefits and risks.

Benefits of Kyphoplasty

  • Pain relief
    Kyphoplasty can provide significant pain relief for people with vertebral compression fractures. In many cases, pain relief is immediate and can last for several years.
  • Improved mobility
    Kyphoplasty can help to improve mobility by restoring the height and shape of the spine. This can make it easier to stand up straight, walk, and participate in activities of daily living.
  • Stabilization
    Kyphoplasty can help to stabilize the spine and reduce the risk of further fractures. This can be especially beneficial for people with osteoporosis or other conditions that increase the risk of spinal fractures.
  • Minimally invasive
    Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that it is less likely to cause complications than traditional open surgery.
  • Short recovery time
    Kyphoplasty patients typically have a short recovery time and are able to resume most of their normal activities within a few weeks.

Risks Associated with Kyphoplasty

  • Infection
    There is a risk of infection at the incision site. This risk is low, but it is important to take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor to help prevent infection.
  • Bleeding
    There is a risk of bleeding at the incision site. This risk is also low, but it is important to let your doctor know if you experience any bleeding or bruising after the procedure.
  • Nerve or spinal cord injury
    There is a very small risk of nerve or spinal cord injury during the kyphoplasty procedure. This risk is much lower than the risk of nerve or spinal cord injury from untreated vertebral compression fractures.
  • Allergic reactions
    There is a very small risk of allergic reactions to the materials used in the kyphoplasty procedure. If you have any allergies, be sure to tell your doctor before the procedure.
  • Cement leakage
    There is a very small risk of the bone cement leaking into surrounding tissues. This risk is lower with newer bone cements.
  • Fracture recurrence
    There is a possibility of fractures occurring in other areas of the spine over time. This risk is higher in people with osteoporosis.

What to Expect Before, During, and After Kyphoplasty

The kyphoplasty procedure, aimed at addressing vertebral compression fractures and their associated pain, is generally completed within an hour for each treated vertebra. To ensure your comfort throughout the process, local anesthesia will be administered, minimizing any potential discomfort.

Following the procedure, it's common to experience mild soreness or discomfort at the incision site; however, this can be effectively managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Remarkably, many patients find that they are able to resume light activities within just a few days and gradually reintegrate into their usual routines, thanks to the minimally invasive nature of kyphoplasty and its focus on swift and successful recovery. Here are some additional things to keep in mind post-kyphoplasty procedure:

  • You will need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks after the procedure.
  • You may experience some pain and discomfort after the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help manage your pain.
  • Your incision site will be covered with a bandage. You will need to keep the incision site clean and dry.
  • You will need to avoid lifting heavy objects and bending over for several weeks after the procedure.
  • You will need to schedule follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress.

Am I a Candidate for Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty, a remarkable medical procedure, is designed to bring relief and renewed vitality to individuals who are grappling with the challenges posed by vertebral compression fractures. This innovative intervention is particularly beneficial for a specific group of individuals who find themselves in need of effective solutions for spinal health restoration. If you're experiencing the effects of such fractures or are seeking a solution for spinal health improvement, you may wonder if kyphoplasty is the right choice for you.

While it is not a one-size-fits-all procedure and not everyone is a candidate, kyphoplasty is generally a safe and effective treatment option for many people with vertebral compression fractures. Some of the factors that may determine if you are a candidate for this procedure include:

  • Vertebral compression fractures
    Kyphoplasty is most commonly recommended for individuals who have experienced vertebral compression fractures. These fractures can be caused by osteoporosis, trauma, or certain medical conditions.
  • Failed conservative treatments
    If you've tried conservative treatments such as pain medications, rest, and physical therapy without significant relief from your symptoms, kyphoplasty could offer a more effective solution. This procedure is often considered when non-surgical approaches have not provided the desired outcomes.
  • Bone health and overall health
    Your bone health, overall health, and medical history play a crucial role in determining your candidacy for kyphoplasty. Your healthcare provider will assess your bone density, existing health conditions, and any potential risks associated with the procedure to ensure that it's a safe and suitable option for you.
  • Treatment goals and lifestyle
    Candidacy for kyphoplasty also depends on your treatment goals and desired outcomes. If your main objectives include pain relief, improved spinal function, and enhanced quality of life, kyphoplasty may align with your aspirations.

Relieve Back Pain and Restore Function with Kyphoplasty

If you are suffering from a painful vertebral compression fracture, an innovative treatment called kyphoplasty may bring you rapid relief and improved quality of life. Request an appointment  with our specialist to determine if you are a candidate for kyphoplasty. Start the path to healed vertebrae and renewed well-being.


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