Balloon Kyphoplasty

Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair vertebral compression fractures (VCF) resulting from osteoporosis, cancer or benign lesions.

In one hour or less, kyphoplasty can drastically reduce pain while improving alignment and mobility. This, along with a reduced dependency on opioid pain medication, can result in significantly improved overall quality of life.

How Does it Work?

During a balloon kyphoplasty procedure, tiny balloons are inserted through small incisions on the back and then inflated to raise the collapsed vertebra and return it to its original position. Once the vertebra is in the correct position, the balloons are deflated and removed, leaving behind cavities of empty space. The cavities are filled with bone cement to support the surrounding bone and prevent further collapse.

Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty can reduce or eliminate back pain caused by spinal fracture, as well as restore vertebral body height and proper alignment of your spine.

Who is a candidate for balloon kyphoplasty?

Though spinal fractures can occur in many ways, balloon kyphoplasty is primary used to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCF) caused by osteoporosis, cancer or benign lesions.

The severity of pain caused by a VCF can vary. Many cases go undiagnosed for a long time because patients think they simply have “common” back pain and rely on over-the-counter pain medication instead of seeking treatment.

The following are signs of a potential VCF:

Over age 50 or postmenopausal

Diagnosed with osteoporosis or cancer

Sudden onset backpain lasting longer than a few days

If you or someone you know fits this description, a VCF may be present. Early detection can prevent more severe complications associated with VCFs, so treatment is recommended as soon as possible.

Contact Twin Cities Pain Clinic today to see if balloon kyphoplasty could relieve your pain.


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