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A minimally invasive procedure, kyphoplasty is most often used to treat spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis, trauma, or chemotherapy. While the patient is under general anesthesia, the spine surgeon makes an incision and inserts a narrow tube into the fracture using imaging for guidance. A tiny balloon inserted through the tube is inflated to move the fractured vertebra back into position, and the cavity created is filled with a specially formulated cement. The procedure stabilizes the bone and restores the vertebra to its normal height.

Kyphoplasty, also called balloon vertebroplasty, is an outpatient procedure, and most patients leave the hospital the same day as the surgery, or the next day if several vertebrae are treated. Patients benefit from less pain, a lower risk of infection, and a faster recovery with better mobility. Your spine surgeon will give you specific information related to your particular condition and lifestyle goals, as well as a detailed description of the surgery and instructions on how to make the best recovery.

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