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Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are similar spinal procedures in which bone cement is injected through a small hole in the skin (percutaneously) into a fractured vertebra with the goal of relieving back pain caused by vertebral compression fractures. It was found to be effective in treating osteoporosis-related compression fractures of the spine. Evidence does not support a benefit of kyphoplasty over vertebroplasty with respect to pain, but the procedures may differ in restoring lost vertebral height. It is usually performed by a spine surgeon or interventional radiologist. It is a minimally invasive procedure and patients usually go home the same or next day of the procedure.


  • Wedge compression fractures
  • Osteoporotic spine fractures
  • Benign or malignant tumor: hemangioma, multiple myeloma, metastatic lesion
  • Osteonecrosis


It is usually done under general anaesthesia but can it can also be done under local anaesthesia in medically unfit patients. In vertebroplasty, bone cement is injected with a biopsy needle into the collapsed or fractured vertebra under fluoroscopic x-ray guidance. The injected bone cement quickly hardens and forms a support structure within the vertebra that provide stabilization and strength. The needle makes a small puncture in the patient’s skin that is easily covered with a small bandage after the procedure.

Kyphoplasty is a variation of a vertebroplasty which attempts to restore the height and angle of kyphosis of a fractured vertebra followed by its stabilization using injected bone cement. The procedure typically includes the use of a small balloon that is inflated in the vertebral body to create a void within the bone prior to cement delivery. Once the void is created, the procedure continues in a similar manner as a vertebroplasty, but the bone cement is typically delivered directly into the newly created void.

Post Surgery:

You will usually only need to stay in the hospital for a few hours. You may need to stay longer if you have pain. You will be made to walk on the next day of surgery with protective brace.

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    TOSH(Trauma & Orthopaedic Speciality Hospital)
    #72, Ormes Road,
    Kilpauk, Chennai
    Tamil Nadu,India
    Pin: 600010.

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