Kyphoplasty is a way to treat painful compression fractures in the bones of the spine. A compression fracture occurs when all or part of a spinal bone collapses.
People with compression fractures can suffer from disabling pain that is often described as “sharp” or “knife-like.” It is a treatment reserved for people suffering from severe pain that does not get better with other methods.
Kyphoplasty is done under general anesthesia. The physician inserts a balloon-like device to help restore the height and shape of the spine and then injects a substance similar to cement that quickly hardens and stabilizes the spine—which in turn relieves the pain. For more information, visit http://www.dfineinc.com/.