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Kyphoplasty is done to relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine. The procedure can return your vertebrae to a more normal shape.
Your doctor may numb the area, or you may get medicine to make you sleep. The doctor makes a small cut (incision) in your back. They will use a type of X-ray, called fluoroscopy, to guide a needle into the fractured vertebra. Then the doctor puts a balloon device into a vertebra. The doctor inflates the balloon and then deflates it. Then a substance that works like cement is put into the space created by the balloon.
How long the procedure takes will depend on how many vertebrae being treated. You may go home that day, or you may spend the night in the hospital.
Most people are able to go back to their normal activities within a few weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Adaptation Date: 5/4/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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