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Minimally invasive kyphoplasty, like vertebroplasty, stabilizes cracked or collapsed spinal bones. Kyphoplasty can be used to restore a collapsed vertebra to its normal height. With a kyphoplasty procedure, balloons are inserted into the hairline fractures or cracks and filled with cement to stabilize the bones.

Typically, the cracks in the bones are caused by osteoporosis.

The small balloon is inflated inside the crack to open it and restore the normal height of a collapsed vertebra. Fast-setting bone cement is injected to fill the cavity. Patients typically go home the same day.

Kyphoplasty works best in patients who have had increasing back pain caused by cracked or collapsed spinal bones. These patients may have reduced ability to move or go about their usual activities because of the pain. Additionally, the pain must be related to the broken or cracked bones, and not a different issue such as herniated discs, arthritis or stenosis.

The specialists at Norton Leatherman Spine, along with the neurosurgeons at Norton Neuroscience Institute, have decades of experience, training and a worldwide reputation for providing excellent care.

Our specialists recommend kyphoplasty when more conservative methods of treatment haven’t relieved symptoms.

Most people report pain relief within a few days after kyphoplasty surgery. Recovery may require physical therapy. Patients typically can go back to normal activities soon after surgery.

About Norton Leatherman Spine

Norton Leatherman Spine is a combined team of orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons from Norton Neuroscience Institute and pain management specialists who provide care for adults and children from Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as from across the region, nation and world.

  • The multidisciplinary team incorporates expertise from a variety of specialties to offer a comprehensive array of treatment options that include minimally invasive and nonsurgical therapies.
  • Our team approach to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of spine conditions works cooperatively with primary care physicians and other specialists to develop a treatment plan as unique as each individual.
  • Because you may not need surgery, you may work with our pain management team, physical therapy specialists and others who can create a care plan with the right types of treatments for you.
  • If you need surgery, you’re in experienced hands. Norton Leatherman Spine physicians perform more than 4,000 surgeries a year.
  • Our team has more than 45 specialists at nearly 20 offices across Louisville and Southern Indiana. Many offer same-day appointments and Saturday hours, with no referral needed
  • Our specialists are internationally recognized leaders in clinical research of spinal disease, injury and deformity, and have served in senior positions in the Scoliosis Research Society, the most prestigious organization for scoliosis surgeons around the world.
  • Norton Healthcare is the first health system in the nation to be recognized as an Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center of Excellence by DNV.
  • We offer minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures that carry less risk and can speed your recovery.
  • We use the EOS Imaging system, which collects high-resolution images while exposing the patient to 50% to 85% less radiation than traditional X-rays and 95% less than basic CT scans. The system is especially beneficial to scoliosis patients who often need repeated imaging to monitor their progress.
  • Use MyNortonChart to communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more, anytime from a mobile device or computer

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