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Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive surgical procedures. They are used to treat painful compression fractures of the thoracic spine (mid- and upper back) or lumbar spine (low back) caused by osteoporosis, cancer or trauma.

With both procedures, the doctor injects bone cement into the fractured vertebrae to stablize the fracture and reduce pain.

Kyphoplasty (also called balloon kyphoplasty) involves an additional step, in which a special balloon is inserted into the fractured vertebrae and inflated. This balloon inflation is done to restore the height of the vertebrae before injecting the cement.

Is kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty right for me?

If you have compression fractures of the spine, your doctor may recommend a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty in the following cases:

  • You have experienced severe, disabling pain for more than two months.
  • The pain doesn’t go away with rest, pain medications and physical therapy

About kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty

Specialists at Rush perform both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty in either a hospital or outpatient setting. Your specialist will recommend the best option for you based on the following:

  • The location and severity of the fractures
  • Your age
  • Your overall health

Many people are able to go home the same day as surgery and ease back into normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure. Kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty are quite effective at relieving pain and helping people move about.

Why choose Rush for kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty

  • Rush is consistently ranked among the top U.S. hospitals for orthopedics and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • More people choose Rush for their spine surgeries than any other hospital in the region.
  • As team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and many other teams, orthopedic surgeons at Rush are experts at diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating spine and back injuries in athletes of all ages.