Balloon Kyphoplasty

Balloon Kyphoplasty: minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat vertebral compression fractures.

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Balloon Kyphoplasty

What is a Balloon Kyphoplasty?

If a patient has vertebral compression fractures or scoliosis, a physician may recommend balloon kyphoplasty. This procedure is minimally invasive, and takes 30 minutes to an hour for each vertebra. Balloon kyphoplasty can help to relieve back pain and to properly align the spine.

Who needs this procedure?

If a patient has been diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture due to osteoporosis, spinal trauma, or tumors, a physician may recommend balloon kyphoplasty. Symptoms of vertebral compression fracture can include height loss, weakness, numbness, and problems with mobility.

Description of procedure

Incision
Small instruments are placed into the vertebral body to create a working channel.
Bone Tamp Insertion
The inflatable bone tamp is placed into the fracture.
Inflation
The device is carefully inflated, which creates a cavity inside the vertebral body.
Deflation
The balloon is then deflated, leaving a cavity in the vertebral body.
Closure
The cavity is filled with bone cement to stabilize the fracture. Once it is filled, the incision is closed.
Post-Op
Once the surgery is complete, an internal cast is created inside the vertebral body, creating rapid mobility and pain relief, as well as restoring spinal height and correcting spinal deformity.

After surgery and recovery

Balloon kyphoplasty takes only half an hour to a hour per vertebrae. Most patients are released from the hospital within 24 hours. With this procedure, bracing isn’t needed, and patients can return to their normal activities. Heavy lifting should be avoided for six weeks at the least.

Patient notes

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Ballon Kyphoplasty may result in complications like, but not limited to,

This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult your doctor for any questions.

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