A Guide To Understanding Kyphoplasty

KyphoplastyA Guide To Understanding Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that inserts a special cement into your vertebrae – while also creating space for the treatment using a balloon-like tool.

Kyphoplasty is often recommended for patients with vertebrae that are damaged from cancer, spinal fractures or other spinal injuries. Often, the surgery is done for patients whose bones have weakened and caused the collapse or compression of their vertebrae. Collapsed or compressed vertebrae can lead to excruciating pain or bad posture.

Kyphoplasty is not used to correct established deformity of the spine. Some patients with osteoporosis are not candidates for this procedure, either.

How does kyphoplasty work?

Before the procedure, the doctor will check out the patient and possibly draw blood and take X Rays to find the fractures or injured vertebrae.

Here’s what you can expect during the procedure:

Here’s what you can expect after the procedure:

What are the risks of a kyphoplasty?

As with any medical procedure, there are a few risks associated with a kyphoplasty. These include:

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