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What is Kyphoplasty?

A minimally invasive procedure used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures in the spinal column, percutanuous (requires no surgical incision), and can be performed under local or light sedation as an outpatient procedure patients are able to walk out after 1 hour.



3 Main Goals When Performing Kyphoplasty at Centers of Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine

  • Reduce or eliminate back pain
  • Prevent further collapse of the fracture, thus avoiding an increase in spinal deformity and progression of postural problems
  • Restore normal spinal alignment, thus improving the patient's posture

How will I know if I need Kyphoplasty?

Your pain specialist will let you know when Kyphoplasty is needed any time during your visit to any pain management clinic. Usually, when a vertebral body fractures, the rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed - causing severe pain to the spinal cord region.


Who are the best candidates for Kyphoplasty?

Ideal candidates are patients with sites of compression fractures and back pain.

How is Kyphoplasty performed at Centers of Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine?


During Kyphoplasty Procedure at CRPM

Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area through the pedicle of the involved vertebrae.Using X-ray images, the doctor inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, returning the pieces to a more normal position. It also compacts the soft inner bone to create a cavity inside the vertebrae.


The balloon is removed and the doctor uses specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). After being injected, the pasty material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.

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