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The kyphoplasty procedure is similar to the vertebroplasty procedure, in which a cavity is created by a small balloon (balloon tamp) and a small needle (trocar) which injects bone cement into the fractured vertebra to restore its height and relieve back pain.

How to Prepare for Kyphoplasty

  • Plan to arrive 2-4 hours before your procedure in order to have lab tests drawn. Your interventional radiologist may also request additional imaging to get a closer look at the damaged vertebra.
  • If you are currently taking blood thinners, you may need to stop a week before your procedure.

What to Expect

  • This procedure is completed within one hour.
  • You will be under light sedation, which is administered through an IV. You will be conscious during the procedure, but should not feel pain.
  • You are on your stomach throughout the procedure, and your interventional radiologist access the damaged vertebra through the back.
  • Your interventional radiologist makes a small incision on the back, and using X-ray guidance, inserts the balloon tamp into the fractured vertebra.
  • The small balloon is inflated, pushing the vertebra back to its original position and creating a cavity within it.
  • The trocar needle is inserted into this cavity, filling it with bone cement, which dries in a matter of minutes. Your interventional radiologist will continue to monitor this under X-ray to ensure completion.
  • The needle is removed, and the area of incision is covered.

What to Expect after Kyphoplasty

  • You will recover from the procedure within 4-6 hours, and can leave the hospital the same day that you were treated.
  • You should find relief from your back pain within a few hours of the procedure.
  • Your interventional radiologist will work with you to schedule a follow up appointment 1-2 weeks after the procedure to monitor your progress.

For More Information

For more information on the kyphoplasty procedure, or to schedule an appointment with an interventional radiologist, please call 847.570.2160.