What It Is
Kyphoplasty can be used to restore the vertebrae to a more normal shape.
After the patient is given a local or general anesthetic, a small incision is made in the patient’s back. A balloon device is inserted into the fractured vertebrae and inflated. Subsequently, a cement-like material is injected into the space created by the balloon. The entire procedure takes 1 to 2 hours for each treated vertebra. The patient may return home the same day or stay in the hospital overnight.