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Kyphoplasty / vertebroplasty for spinal cancer

Kyphoplasty / vertebroplasty for spinal cancer

Compression fractures of the spinal vertebrae can cause severe back pain, spinal deformity, and loss of height. Our doctors can perform kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty to rebuild cracked or collapsed vertebrae.

Both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty involve a short surgical and recovery time, and may help to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Restore height
  • Strengthen the vertebra
  • Reduce spinal deformity
  • Stabilize fractures

What are kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty?

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures used to relieve pain related to cracked or collapsed vertebrae, which can result from certain cancers or metastatic tumors.

In both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, our doctors use image guidance to inject a rapidly hardening cement-like material directly into the fractured bone through a hollow needle. In vertebroplasty, high pressure is used to push the liquid bone cement through the needle. In kyphoplasty, a special balloon is first gently inflated inside the fractured bone to expand it to its normal height, and then removed before filling the space with the bone cement.

We use a synthetic bone material that 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.