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Kyphoplasty relieves spinal compression fractures by using a surgical filling of the vertebrae, which restores the original shape and configuration. Kyphoplasty is similar to Vertebroplasty and is a  minimally invasive spine surgery option. During a Kyphoplasty procedure, your spinal specialist will insert a needle which is guided by an x-ray and targets the damaged vertebra in your back. Then, the doctor will insert a special bone cement. For a kyphoplasty, the doctor will first inflate a balloon into the compression fracture, then fill the balloon with the bone cement. Different physicians have different preferences between Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty, so discuss your options with your specialist.

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What are the advantages of having the Kyphoplasty procedure?

  • Local anesthesia
  • Quick return to work and play
  • Same day procedure and return home
  • Least invasive procedure
  • Restores function
  • Reduces pain and dependency on medication

What should you expect after the procedure?

This minimally invasive procedure started in the 1990’s and since then has been used to achieve excellent outcomes. There is a success rate of about 90%, and many patients experience immediate relief from their pain symptoms and most report results within 48 hours after surgery. Most of our patients can resume their normal activities just a day after the procedure.


To see if you are a good candidate for a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, take our pain evaluation questionnaire and someone from our office will follow-up with you as soon as possible.

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