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Most patients will feel better within a few days; however, do not lift, push or pull any heavy objects until after your doctor says it is OK.
Kyphoplasty is performed using conscious sedation and a local anesthesia. Under fluoroscopic guidance, the surgeon introduces a balloon into the center of the vertebral body through a catheter to create a cavity in the bone and to increase the height of the fractured vertebra. The balloon is removed and replaced with bone cement, which is injected into the site, stabilizing the vertebrae.
The procedure generally takes about one hour for each bone that is treated.
Many patients get relief from pain immediately. Most report that their pain is gone or is much better within 48 hours. Typically, patients resume normal activity within 24 hours.
If your pain is caused by a broken bone in your back and you still have pain after two weeks of conservative treatments – bed rest or pain control medications – kyphoplasty may help you. Newer fractures normally respond better than older fractures. Note that kyphoplasty is not used to treat herniated discs.
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