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Kyphoplasty may be used to repair fractures caused by:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Spinal tumor pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone disease

Since being developed in the 1990s, kyphoplasty is still considered a fairly new procedure. Because of this, it faces some skepticism regarding its efficacy and necessity, particularly in cases where the compression fractures have been brought on by osteoporosis. Even so, the manufacturer of the surgical balloon (Medtronic) maintains that studies have shown significant kyphoplasty-related benefits like reduced back pain, lasting restoration of vertebral height, improvement in mobility/quality of life and reduction in days per month patients spend in bed due to pain.

Another significant patient benefit of kyphoplasty is that it only takes about an hour per fracture level and can be performed as a convenient outpatient procedure. In addition, the minimally invasive nature of the surgery means it has a low risk of complications.

If you have suffered vertebral collapse due to compression fractures and would like to know more about the option of undergoing kyphoplasty to reduce pain, regain height and improve spinal stability, contact our office to set up an appointment to discuss your thoughts one-on-one with Dr. Neece.