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.
It 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 or nurse call line 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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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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