What Is Kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spine procedure that provides fast pain relief and lifts the fractured vertebral body of the spine; it is used to treat spinal compression factors. Compared to traditional surgery, this procedure uses a smaller incision with fewer complication risks and a faster recovery time.

What Conditions Does Kyphoplasty Treat?

Kyphoplasty treats unhealed spinal compression fractures that are causing debilitation and chronic back pain.

Osteoporotic spinal compression fractures are especially common in those over the age of 70. Although most candidates for kyphoplasty have vertebral breaks due to osteoporosis, compression fractures can also occur due to cancer or trauma.

Each candidate is carefully evaluated to ensure that the chronic pain and debilitating symptoms are not from another untreated condition such as a herniated disc, nerve compression or arthritis. Kyphoplasty is recommended after more conservative treatments such as bed rest, medication and physical therapy have been tried with negligible results.

Kyphoplasty Treatments at NSPC

The multi-disciplinary team of specialists at NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery (NSPC) (NSPC) will work together to determine whether kyphoplasty is the best treatment option for your chronic and debilitating back pain caused by a spinal fracture. Our experienced team of professionals will review your medical history, give you a physical exam and examine your blood work.

For the kyphoplasty procedure, the patient will need to lie face down for one to two hours during the procedure, usually under general anesthesia.

  • The board-certified physician uses the digital imaging technique of fluoroscopy to insert a needle into the vertebral body, the weight-bearing part of your vertebra. Through the needle, a KyphX® Inflatable Bone Tamp (IBT) is inflated into the fractured vertebrae, lifting the vertebral body.
  • The inflation of the IBT creates a space in the vertebral cavity, restoring vertebral height by lifting the vertebral body. The balloon is then deflated and removed. The space remaining is filled with medical bone cement, maintaining the spine height.

This short minimally invasive procedure provides quick pain relief, usually within 48 hours. Patients often return home the same day of this innovative kyphoplasty treatment.


Benjamin Cohen

M.D., F.A.A.N.S., F.A.C.S.


Stephen Onesti

M.D., F.A.C.S.


William Sonstein

M.D., F.A.C.S.


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