Kyphoplasty is done to relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine. The procedure can
return your vertebrae to a more normal shape.
To do kyphoplasty, your doctor may numb the area, or you may get anesthesia to make you sleep. The
doctor makes a small cut in your back and inserts a hollow needle or tube called a trocar. He or she will use fluoroscopy, a kind of X-ray, to guide the needle to the fractured vertebra.
When the needle is in place, the doctor inserts a balloon. The balloon is inflated and then deflated. Using the hollow needle, the doctor puts a cement substance into the space created by the balloon.
takes about 1 to 2 hours to treat each vertebra. 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 day after kyphoplasty.
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.
Having a procedure can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for the procedure.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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