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Kyphoplasty & Vertebroplasty

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These procedures can relieve back pain and/or a hunched posture caused by osteoporosis, cancer-damaged vertebrae or certain spinal fractures. These procedures may be recommended if non-operative treatments fail (bed rest, pain relievers, muscle relaxants, back braces & physical therapy), patient suffers from severe or prolonged pain or immobility and/or the fractured vertebra has led to more serious complications, such as: deep vein thrombosis, acceleration of osteoporosis, respiratory problems, loss of height and emotional or social issues.

These procedures are normally outpatient, but could require an overnight stay for some patients.


  • Vertebroplasty - A procedure where special cement is injected into a fractured vertebra, with the goal of relieving spinal pain and restoring mobility.
  • Kyphoplasty - Similar to vertebroplasty where special cement is injected into the vertebra, with the additional step of creating space for the treatment with a balloon-like device, which can restore a damaged vertebra’s height and may also relieve pain.


  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer-damaged vertebrae
  • Certain spinal fractures

Diagnostics & Treatment

  • Consultation & exam
  • X-ray
  • Spine MRI
  • DEXA (if necessary)

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