About Balloon Kyphoplasty

Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that may repair spinal fractures, improve mobility, restore vertebral body height, and reduce back pain.1

What Is It?

Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that may repair spinal fractures. It takes about an hour (per level) to treat a fracture with balloon kyphoplasty. The procedure can be done on an outpatient or an inpatient basis, depending on the needs of the patient.

Benefits and Risks

All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.

Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to balloon kyphoplasty.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you better understand spinal fractures and why balloon kyphoplasty may be a treatment option, take a moment to learn some of the commonly asked questions about balloon kyphoplasty.


  1. Garfin, S.R., R.A. Buckley, and J. Ledlie, Balloon kyphoplasty for symptomatic vertebral body compression fractures results in rapid, significant, and sustained improvements in back pain, function, and quality of life for elderly patients. Spine, 2006. 31(19): p. 2213-20.

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: 27 Sep 2010

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