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Vertebral Kyphoplasty

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Evolution of Vertebral Kyphoplasty

Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used in the USA since 1999 for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture. It is designed to stabilize the fracture and help correct the deformity in the vertebral body. Patients who have disabling intolerable back pain, progressive vertebral collapse, and symptoms that persistent greater than 4-6 weeks may benefit from kyphoplasty.

The procedure is typically done as an outpatient and lasts less than 1 hour. In general, a small (less than 1cm) incision is made and a small opening is made into the fractured bone. A balloon is inserted into the fractured vertebral body. This balloon is carefully inflated to correct the fracture deformity of the collapsed vertebral body. The balloon is then deflated and removed, leaving a small cavity within the vertebral body. This cavity is then filled with bone cement, which stabilizes the fractured vertebrae.

This procedure can help provide some patients with immediate pain relief and has the greatest potential to correct skeletal deformities, compared to standard vertebroplasty, because of its ability to restore vertebral height.

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