Kyphoplasty is a procedure performed to relieve pain caused by vertebral compression fractures. Compression fractures can occur as a result of osteoporosis (weak or brittle bones) or certain types of cancer, in the middle (thoracic) or lower (lumbar) spine. You can have a compression fracture without an accident or injury. A kyphoplasty is performed to stabilize the fracture and relieve the pain. Using imaging guidance, your doctor places a balloon into the broken vertebral body and inflates it, creating a cavity, removes the balloon, then injects the space with medical-grade bone cement. Thousands of patients in the past 10 years have been successfully treated with this procedure.
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