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Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure. It is used to treat painful vertebral body fractures. The vertebral body fracture is usually caused by osteoporosis, which is age-related softening of bones. Patients with osteoporosis are prone to compression fractures in the spine bones. The bones crack under pressure, causing them to collapse.
Patients with this condition have debilitating pain, disturbed sleep, decreased lung and intestinal function, and difficulty completing routine activities.
Kyphoplasty restores the size and strength of the fractured vertebra. It realigns the spine and reduces pain. Nearly 95 percent of patients get immediate relief of pain with this procedure.
The vertebral body is the main structure treated in kyphoplasty.