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Getting Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty

Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty uses orthopedic balloons and bone cement to repair the spinal fracture. The procedure sets the broken vertebra by creating an internal cast. Many patients report relief from fracture pain and increased mobility immediately following the procedure.

Is It Right for You?

In determining whether balloon kyphoplasty is right for you, it should be noted that Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty has a low risk for complications, but serious ones can occur.

Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty has been shown to be beneficial for patients in whom restoration of vertebral height is feasible.1 It’s important to consult with your doctor about the benefits and risks associated with Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty. By so doing, you will be better able to make an informed decision.
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Your Healthcare Team

If you have been diagnosed with a spinal fracture and have elected to undergo balloon kyphoplasty, you will likely be seen by a primary care doctor/medical internist, who will, in turn, refer you to a spine specialist for the procedure. Although the process of being treated by several different doctors may seem daunting, in reality, it’s relatively simple.
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Surgery: What to Expect

Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure and takes about an hour per fracture level treated. It can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on your medical health.
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References

  1. Ledlie, J.T. and M.B. Renfro, Kyphoplasty treatment of vertebral fractures: 2-year outcomes show sustained benefits. Spine. 2006. 31(1): p. 57-64.

 

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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