Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are used in cases of severely disabling pain caused by a vertebral fracture in order to stabilize the fracture to treat pain and prevent progressive deformity. The procedure involves using imaging-guidance to place cement into the fractured vertebra through small, minimally invasive incisions in the skin. The cement hardens in about 10 minutes and provides immediate stability.
What to Expect
Vertebroplasty involves placing a small needle into a vertebral compression fracture to inject bone cement which stabilizes the fracture and thereby alleviates pain. Kyphoplasty differs from vertebroplasty as a device such as a balloon catheter is first placed into the fractured vertebra and used to correct any collapse towards its original shape and to help create a cavity inside the vertebrae before cement delivery. The void created is then filled with cement, helping to stabilize the fracture. Typically, patients can resume normal activity within 24 hours.