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Kyphoplasty is a procedure that helps relieve the pain of compression fracture (a collapse of bone in your spine). It does this by strengthening your spine (vertebrae) with special cement. The procedure usually takes 30-45 mintues.
Preparing for the Procedure
Tell your healthcare provider about all medications you take. This includes over-the-counter medications, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements.
Ask your healthcare provider if there are medications you must stop taking before the procedure.
Do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before the procedure.
Arrange for an adult family member or friend to drive you home.
During the Procedure
You will be given anesthesia. This is medication to keep you from feeling pain during the procedure. During kyphoplasty:
One or more tiny incisions are made in the back.
Using video x-ray images as a guide, the surgeon puts a hollow tube through the incision into the collapsed vertebra.
A small balloon is passed through the tube into the vertebra, where it is inflated to open a space.
The balloon is then removed and the empty space is filled with special cement for bones.
Risks and Complications
Kyphoplasty is considered safe. If complications do occur, they may include the following:
Heart or lung problems
New or unrelieved back pain
After the Procedure
You will be sent to a recovery room after the procedure. You may go home later the day of the procedure. Or, you may stay the night in a hospital room. Once you're ready to go home, you'll be told how to care for yourself.
Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.