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Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

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Vertebroplasty, or vertebral augmentation, is a form of treatment for spines damaged by spinal tumors or osteoporosis. Kyphoplasty is a similar procedure that uses a balloon-assisted approach.

Our spine surgeons perform more than 1,000 spinal surgeries a year, using a variety of advanced techniques.  Because our surgeons diagnose and treat so many patients, they are able to make the best determination for the surgery that is most appropriate for you.

As always, our spine surgeons will discuss different options with you, and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

Vertebroplasty: What to Expect

When there are fractures to the spine, they sometimes do not heal properly. In this case, your spinal surgeon can inject bone cement, using X-ray guidance, to fill in the space and provide additional support. This is typically performed while you are under light sedation or general anesthesia.

Kyphoplasty: What to Expect

During kyphoplasty, your spinal surgeon will use a balloon inserted into the vertebrate to return the damaged bone to its natural anatomy. Afterward, your surgeon injects bone cement into the void.  Because they see so many different cases, your spinal surgeon has good clinical judgment about what to do.