Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty (ver-tee-bro-plas-tee) and kyphoplasty (kye-fo-plas-tee) are surgical treatments your doctor may recommend that are specificly for spinal compression fracture.
- Vertebroplasty — a minimally invasive procedure in which special cement is injected into the broken vertebral body. This treatment is mainly used to ease pain and improve the strength of the vertebral body.
- Kyphoplasty — a minimally invasive procedure in which a tube with a deflated balloon is slipped inside the broken bone. Once inside, the balloon is inflated to help restore the height of the broken vertebra. Then bone cement is injected into the space formed by the balloon to hold the vertebra at its corrected height.