Kyphoplasty / Vertebral Augmentation
A variation of vertebroplasty where, typically, a small balloon is introduced and inflated within the vertebral body to create a void. The bone "cement” is delivered into the newly created void. In addition to restoring stability and strength it may also restore height and angle of kyphosis to the vertebra with a goal of reducing pain.
This minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure is used to treat a compression fracture of the vertebra, an injury that commonly results from osteoporosis. This technique can restore the height of the vertebra and stabilize the fracture, providing rapid pain relief.