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Kyphoplasty

We use kyphoplasty to relieve pain related to cracked or collapsed vertebrae, which can result from certain cancers like multiple myeloma, as well as metastatic tumors.

First, a special balloon is gently inflated inside the fractured bone to expand it to its normal height. The balloon is then deflated and removed. Using image guidance, a cement-like material is injected directly into the remaining space through a hollow needle.

For this procedure, our doctors use bone cement or a synthetic bone material. The material is considered to be as strong as bone and, when it sets, doesn’t get hot or injure normal bone tissue. It also hardens within five minutes after being injected into the bone.

A minimally invasive procedure, kyphoplasty is often used to treat compression fractures of the spinal vertebrae. It involves a short surgical and recovery time, and can help to relieve pain, restore height, restore mobility, reduce spinal deformity and stabilize fractures.

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