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what is kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure. It is used to treat painful progressive vertebral body collapse/fracture (VCFs). The VCFs may be caused by osteoporosis or the spread of tumor to the vertebral body. Early results show kyphoplasty is a safe and effective method of vertebral reconstruction and stabilization in the treatment of osteoporotic VCFs. Like all surgeries, kyphoplasty does have risks.

What should I Expect?

The kyphoplasty procedure involves the use of a balloon to restore the vertebral body height and shape. This is followed by bone cement to strengthen it. The procedure may be performed under intravenous sedation. The patient may need local anesthetic or general anesthetic. The patient lies face down on the operating room table. Two x-ray machines are used to show the collapsed bones. The physician advances a thin tube into the fractured vertebra from an incision in the back. Through the tube, the physician drills a small hole through the hard, outer part of the bone and into its softer center. This provides a pathway for the physician to insert a special balloon into the interior of the vertebra, which is then inflated. This pushes apart the caps, or end plates, of the fractured vertebra, and restores the vertebra to its original shape as much as possible. The balloon is then deflated and removed, leaving a cavity that the physician fills with bone cement.

How Should I prepare?

First, the patient’s physician must make an appointment to see Dr. Chaffey for a kyphoplasty consultation. This can be done by calling 505-559-5653.

Second, the patient needs an MRI (or bone scan with SPECT if he/she cannot have an MRI) before the consultation. We can schedule the MRI or bone scan when scheduling the consultation.

Service Locations

Kyphoplasty is available at El Camino Imaging Center, X-Ray Associates at Farmington and X-Ray Associates at Santa Fe.