Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
are similar procedures. Both are performed using a hollow needle that is passed through the skin of your back into the fractured vertebra, using an x-ray machine to assist correct placement. In vertebroplasty bone cement called polymethylmethacrylate is injected through the needle into the fractured bone. In kyphoplasty a balloon is first inserted and inflated to expand the compressed vertebra to its normal height before the space is filled with bone cement. The procedures are repeated for each affected vertebra. The cement-strengthened vertebra allows patients to stand straight, reduces their pain, and prevents further fractures.
Post-procedure care after vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty