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Kyphoplasty is a type of minimally invasive surgery that can be performed on a fractured vertebral body. Usually, spine surgeons will recommend conservative treatment first, such as rest and pain medications. If the patient still experiences symptoms, then the surgeon may use a balloon tamp device to inflate the fractured vertebral body. Once it is inflated, the surgeon can inject bone cement to restore the vertebra and prevent future fractures.

You can hear more about kyphoplasty by watching this animation. It also discusses how compression fractures can occur and how a surgeon might perform a vertebroplasty to correct vertebral fractures.

If you’ve been experiencing spine problems and live in the Las Vegas area, call Spine Institute of Nevada to find out if you could be a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery. You can reach us at 702-239-3787 or visit us online for more information on vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty procedures.