Kyphoplasty & Vertobroplasty
Your back pain from compression fractures in the spine can be significantly reduced with advanced treatment methods – kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty – that use the latest imaging technology and specialized bone cement.
Our surgeons at the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Abington Health are highly experienced with these minimally invasive procedures. They understand the pain created by spinal compression fractures, will evaluate your condition compassionately and talk with you about your options.
This treatment enables our spine experts, using x-ray guidance, to restore lost vertebral height by inflating a balloon in the spine. They fill the cavity with durable bone cement. As the cement hardens, it stabilizes the fracture.
The procedure usually requires an overnight hospital stay. Pain relief generally takes 48 to 72 hours. Some patients experience greatly reduced pain immediately.
Kyphoplasty is used to treat painful spinal fractures from osteoporosis, metastatic cancer, multiple myeloma and bone lesions such as vertebral hemangiomas.
For this advanced technique, our surgeons work with interventional radiologists who provide fluoroscopic imaging for guidance. Using minimally invasive methods, our specialists inject bone cement into the fracture, stabilizing the bone as it hardens.
Following the procedure, patients must lie flat for two to three hours. Most are then discharged from the hospital. Some have immediate pain relief but most experience relief within 48 hours.
Vertebroplasty treats fractures from osteoporosis, tumors or traumatic injury.