- A kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery procedure that can strengthen the spine and improve pain caused by vertebral body compression.
- During a kyphoplasty, a small incision is made in the back where a narrow tube is then inserted. The tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area. Then, guided by X-Ray images, the doctor inserts a special balloon into the tube and carefully inflates the balloon. This serves to elevate the vertebrae, returning it to a more normal position. The balloon is then removed, and the doctor uses special instruments to fill the cavity with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which is a cement-like substance. The material hardens quickly after being injected, stabilizing the bone.
- Pain relief can be immediate, but others report reduction of pain within two days.