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Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat vertebral compression fractures. These fractures are in the bones of the spine (vertebra) and are often caused by osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones and reduces bone density.

Vertebral compression fractures can be extremely painful. Fractured fragments of bone can slide around in the spine, pressing against nerves. Bones may also be compressed or collapsed against nerves. The University of Miami Health System interventional radiologists perform kyphoplasty to hold the fragments in place, support the bone, and relieve your pain.

Why Choose UHealth?

Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.

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Who is a Candidate?

You may be a candidate for kyphoplasty if you have a painful vertebral compression fracture and your bone needs the extra support provided by this procedure.

What to Expect

Your interventional radiologist may tell you not to eat or take certain medicines, like aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), before your procedure. Always tell your doctor what medicines you’re taking, including vitamins or herbs.

During kyphoplasty, which can take between 15 and 30 minutes, you’re sedated or under general anesthesia (asleep). Your doctor also injects a local anesthetic around the fracture to numb the area.

You lie on your stomach for the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your doctor uses X-ray guidance to locate the fracture and guide a needle to the fracture.

When the needle is in place, your doctor inserts a deflated balloon through the needle. The balloon is then inflated, creating a cavity in the bone. The cavity is then filled with medical cement that hardens within 20 minutes. The cement cavity helps support the bone and keep it from pressing on nerves. 

Once the procedure is complete, your doctor removes the needle and puts a bandage or dressing on the injection site. Typically, you can go home within a few hours of surgery (outpatient procedure) and resume your normal activities the next day.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.