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.
Artificial Disc Replacement
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cervical disc disease
Cervical discectomy and fusion
Cervical herniated disc
Cervical spondylosis (degeneration)
Cervical spinal cord injury
Degenerative Disc Disease
Injections for Pain
Lumbar herniated disc
Lumbar spondylosis (degeneration)
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Spinal cord syrinxes
Spinal fractures and instability
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial and Implantation
Spine and spinal cord tumors
Tethered spinal cord
Thoracic herniated disc
Thoracic spinal cord injury
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
At UTHealth Neurosciences, we offer patients access to specialized neurological care at clinics across the greater Houston area. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-8100, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.