Kyphoplasty is a treatment for pain associated with compression fractures of the vertebrae. In patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia, these fractures may occur after a minor injury, such as a fall, but they can also occur in younger patients following major trauma such a car accident. Pain following compression fractures is usually along the spine in the area of the fracture. The kyphoplasty procedure involves the placement of a needle into the fractured bone with x-ray guidance to allow injection of cement. The cement is the same type used in total joint replacement surgeries, and it stabilizes the area of vertebral fracture. Kyphoplasty is performed in an outpatient clinic setting.

How long does a Kyphoplasty take?

Kyphoplasty usually takes 30 to 45 minutes depending on spinal levels involved. It may take longer if a level must be approached from both sides.

Are Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty the same thing?

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are similar, but kyphoplasty has an advantage in that it allows for creation of a cavity in the bone first. This cavity is then filled allowing for spread of cement.

How will I feel afterwards?

You will likely feel tightness or tenderness at the site, but your spine pain may be improved almost immediately.

How long will the relief last?

Kyphoplasty is a one-time per level procedure under most circumstances, and the cement that is placed is permanent. Your relief will therefore be long-lasting.