What is Kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a procedure in which a device the diameter of a paper hole punch is inserted down into the vertebral body in the spine in order to inject cement to stabilize a vertebral compression fracture or VCF. VCF’s usually occur in patients older than 65 from osteoporosis, which is a weakening of the bones. This weakening of the bones makes the spine more fragile and prone for such fractures. The goal of the kyphoplasty is 2 fold: to stabilize the fracture and prevent worsening compression of the vertebral body as well as to treat the pain associated with the VCF which can become chronic if not treated early.