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Procedure Step-by-Step

Step 1: Balloon Placement
With a hollow instrument, a narrow pathway is made into the fractured bone. A small orthopaedic balloon is guided through the instrument into the vertebral body. The incision site is approximately 1 cm (1/3 inch) in length. Typically, two balloons are used, one on each side of the vertebral body, to better support the bone as it moves back into position and increase the likelihood of deformity correction.
Step 2: Balloon Inflation
Next, the balloons are carefully inflated in an attempt to raise the collapsed vertebral body and return it to its normal position.

Step 3: Cavity Creation
Inflation of the balloons creates a cavity (space) within the vertebral body that compacts the soft, inner bone against the outer wall. The cavity also functions as a “container” for the bone cement.

Once the vertebral body is in the correct position, the balloons are deflated and removed.

Step 4: Cavity Fill
The cavity is filled with thick bone cement to stabilize the fracture.

Step 5: Internal Cast
The bone cement forms an internal cast that holds the vertebral body in place.

Balloon Kyphoplasty
Procedure Animation
Procedure Step-by-Step
After the Procedure

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