- Back pain, especially with movement
- Leg or hip pain above the knee
Typical X-Ray Findings
- Compression fracture (MRI, CT, Plain films).
Average Procedure Time
- 30 minutes per fractured vertebral body
Average Recovery Time
- Home the same day
- Off work 2-8 weeks, depending on duties
- Brace when upright for 8 weeks
- No bending, twisting, lifting, or strenuous exercises (8 weeks)
- No driving while on narcotics
Kyphoplasty is a recently developed treatment for special thoracic and lumbar compression fractures, which involve only the anterior, or front, column of the vertebra. During the procedure, two stab incisions are made over the fracture, and two large bore needles are tapped into each side of the vertebral body. Balloon-like Inflatable bone tamps are then introduced into the vertebral body and inflated, which creates two cavities within the fractured vertebra and restores its height. The bone tamps are then removed, and methylmethacrylate bone cement is injected to fill the cavities crated within the vertebra.