What is Vertebroplasty? How does it work?

A minimally invasive procedure, Vertebroplasty treats vertebral compression fractures and their resulting pain. A balloon-assisted Vertebroplasty is called Kyphoplasty. This balloon helps create space for the injection of binding cement that stabilizes the bone.

Benefits from Kyphoplasty

This is a one-time out-patient procedure that provides immediate relief. The use of the cement matrix prevents future damage, and offers long- term pain relief.

When will I see results?

Most patients report some immediate relief, however a more significant decrease in pain is expected within 2 days after treatment.


After the area is sterilized and the patient is number, your doctor using guidance equipment to aid in precise needle placement. Your doctor will then inflate the balloon-like device to help stabilize and decompress the vertebral disc, and a cement matrix is injected into that space. The injected matrix strengthens the bone and alleviates any pain caused by compression fractures.

Risk Factors

There is a risk of complication with any medical procedure. Take time to discuss treatment options and any questions you may have with your physician, before agreeing with a procedure.