What is it?
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures to treat painful vertebral compression fractures in the spine. The procedure is designed to stabilize the fractured bone and possibly restore some of the body height loss of the fractured vertebral body. These fractures are commonly the result of osteoporosis, injury, or secondary to tumor.
The diagnosis of a compression fracture is oftentimes initially made by an x-ray of the back and confirmed by a CT scan or MRI.