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Percutaneous Kyphoplasty

Percutaneous kyphoplasty is also referred to as balloon kyphoplasty. This pain management procedure involves two steps and helps heal vertebrae that have been damaged by a spinal fracture. When a fracture occurs, a vertebra’s front section collapses, which can lead to a slumped posture and pain.

How it Works

To perform percutaneous kyphoplasty, a small incision is made to access the area. Local anesthesia is also used. A specialized balloon device is inserted into a collapsed vertebra via a surgical needle. The balloon is inflated until the vertebra is restored to its normal shape and size. A material similar to cement is injected into the space that the balloon has created, as a permanent fix.

This approach helps maintain vertebrae in their normal position and also helps to prevent them from repeat collapses. The procedure takes about one hour for each vertebra. X-ray imaging is used throughout the procedure for accuracy.


Percutaneous kyphoplasty may be used in cases of fractures that are related to cancer, trauma, and osteoporosis.


Most patients begin experiencing pain relief within two days.

It is possible to experience infection and bleeding as side effects, but these are not common. You will be able to begin easing into your regular activities the following day. However, you should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for about six weeks. Your doctor will help explain any limits that you should follow while you heal.

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