Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat spinal compression fractures that can occur as a result of radiation therapy, steroid use and osteoporosis. Such fractures cause the spine to curve and results in severe pain, limited movement and diminished quality of life.
Usually performed on an outpatient basis, the procedure requires two very small incisions on the patient’s back. A tiny balloon is inserted into the fractured vertebra and inflated to move the bone closer to its normal shape and position. The balloon is then removed and bone cement is injected into the space created by the balloon.
- Offers significant, long-term pain relief
- Corrects spinal curvature
- Provides a safer option than vertebroplasty, a similar procedure that cements the bone, but does not utilize the balloon
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