What is a Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a procedure in which bone cement is injected through a small hole in the skin into a fractured vertebra with the goal of relieving back pain caused by a spinal fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture.

Reasons for Kyphoplasty Surgery

The vertebrae are a series of bones that make up the spine. If one suffers a fracture, it can put pressure on surrounding nerves. This can cause intense pain and disability. These bones could be repaired kyphoplasty procedure. A balloon is used to create a cavity in the bone and this is used to inject bone cement. The procedure is designed to relieve pain, but can also improve spinal deformities from the fractures.


Kyphoplasty illustration

Other treatment for vertebral fracture may include nonsurgical treatments (like bed rest, bracing, and pain medicines).


Risks and Complications of Kyphoplasty

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Nerve damage or a spinal cord injury from malpositioned instruments placed in the back
  • Nerve injury or spinal cord compression from leaking of the PMMA into veins or epidural space
  • Allergic reaction to the solution used to see the balloon on the X-ray image as it inflates



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