Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, vertebral augmentation surgery for compression fractures. The goal of surgery is to restore height, stabilize the fracture, and to reduce and/or eliminate pain.
A kyphoplasty is appropriate for patients with acute osteoporotic compression fractures with intractable back pain, diagnosed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
What is the recovery?
Once home, the patient can resume normal daily activities but should avoid heavy exertion for several weeks. For most, relief from pain is almost immediate, however it can take a few days.
Is there an alternative to kyphoplasty?
Yes. A noninvasive option to the surgery is bracing.