Getting Balloon Kyphoplasty

Balloon kyphoplasty uses orthopaedic balloons and bone cement to repair the spinal fracture. The procedure sets the broken vertebra by creating an internal cast. Many patients report relief from fracture pain and increased mobility immediately following the procedure.

Factors Your Doctor May Consider

It should be noted that as with any surgical procedure, complications, including serious ones, may occur.

Balloon kyphoplasty has been shown to be beneficial for patients in whom restoration of vertebral height is feasible.1 It is important to consult with your doctor about the benefits and risks associated with balloon kyphoplasty.

Your Healthcare Team

If you have been diagnosed with a spinal fracture and have elected to undergo balloon kyphoplasty, you will likely be seen by your GP, who will, in turn, refer you to a spine specialist for the procedure. Although the process of being treated by several different doctors may seem daunting, in reality, it’s relatively simple.

Surgery: What to Expect

Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that takes about an hour per fracture level treated. It can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on your medical health.


  1. Ledlie, J.T. and M.B. Renfro, Kyphoplasty treatment of vertebral fractures: 2-year outcomes show sustained benefits. Spine. 2006. 31(1): p. 57-64.

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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