Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon to lift the vertebrae and create a cavity for bone cement to stabilize the fracture.  It relives pain from compression fractures of the spine by stabilizing the broken bone with a substance that works like cement.

The three main goals of kyphoplasty are to:

  • Reduce or eliminate back pain
  • Prevent further collapse of the fracture
  • Restore normal spinal alignment

What to Expect

Your doctor may either numb the area or you may get local anesthesia.  A small incision into your back is made and a balloon device into the fractured vertebrae.  Then, your doctor will inflate the balloon and deflate it.  The substance that works like cement is inserted into the space created by the balloon.