Kyphoplasty treats compression fractures, which most commonly occur in the spine as a result of osteoporosis or secondary to a tumor. A compression fracture can result when the progressive weakening of bone causes a vertebra to collapse on itself. This collapse shortens the spine, creating a “humpback,” and often causes chronic pain when the fallen vertebra pinches a spinal nerve.
Kyphoplasty is a quick, effective, and minimally invasive surgery. Typically, the surgeon can correct a fractured vertebra in less than an hour. If more vertebrae are involved, the procedure will accordingly take more time.
Kyphoplasty has two primary aims--to relieve the back pain associated with compression fractures, and to straighten and stabilize the spine. By surgically correcting the problem, kyphoplasty can eliminate the need for more traditional treatments of compression fractures: bracing, bed rest, and medication to reduce or relieve pain.
The results of kyphoplasty--the restoration of upright posture, height, and spinal stability and mobility, and more importantly, a dramatic reduction in back pain--are both immediate and long-lasting.
Kyphoplasty (Balloon Vertebroplasty)