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What is Balloon Kyphoplasty?

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Balloon Kyphoplasty: minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat vertebral compression fractures.

Who needs a Balloon Kyphoplasty?

If a patient has been diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture due to osteoporosis, spinal trauma, or tumors, a physician may recommend balloon kyphoplasty.

Symptoms of vertebral compression fracture can include height loss, weakness, numbness, and problems with mobility.

Insertion of Instruments

After a half-inch incision has been made, the surgeon uses special instruments to create a working channel in the damaged vertebral body.

Restoration of Vertebral Height

An inflatable bone tamp is inserted.

Inflating the Tamp

A cavity is created in the vertebral body by inflating the tamp.

Deflating the Tamp

The device is deflated. This leaves the cavity open.

Ending the Procedure

The cavity is then filled with bone cement to return stability to the damaged area. Tools are removed, and the incisions are closed.

What happens after a Balloon Kyphoplasty?

If a patient has been diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture due to osteoporosis, spinal trauma, or tumors, a physician may recommend balloon kyphoplasty.

Symptoms of vertebral compression fracture can include height loss, weakness, numbness, and problems with mobility.

This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment.

Our Physicians

Jonathan D. Chilton, MD FAANS
Peter Basta, MD FAANS
Jayson A. Neil, MD FAANS
Samuel Taylon, MD
Frances Hardaway, MD
Matthew J. Pierson, MD

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Please call our office at 816-363-2500 to request an appointment.

If you have had any studies, such as MRI scans, CAT scans, arteriograms, electromyograms (EMG), or plain x-rays, please bring them with you to your appointment.

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