Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures which stabilize and repair fractured or diseased bones. Most often, these procedures are performed in the bones of the spine, but they can also be used to treat bones
of the pelvis, arms and legs.
A small metal rod is passed through a tiny opening in the skin and into the affected bone using X-ray guidance. Next, a small balloon is then inserted through the tube and into the bone where it is inflated to create a cavity.
The balloon is removed and a special cement is injected into the bone to stabilize and strengthen it. This procedure is called kyphoplasty. Vertebroplasty involves the same steps without the use of a balloon. Pain relief often occurs immediately.