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After the Procedure

After the procedure, you will likely be transferred to the Recovery Room for observation.

Balloon kyphoplasty takes about an hour per fracture treated.  It can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on medical necessity. During your time in the hospital, you may be encouraged to walk and move about. Patients usually report immediate relief from pain and are able to walk and move about during their hospital stay. [17,19]

Your doctor will probably schedule a follow-up visit and explain limitations, if any, on your activity. Most patients are very satisfied with the procedure and are gradually able to resume activity once discharged from the hospital.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks. Serious adverse events can occur. Be sure to discuss these with your doctor.

Also, please note that not all patients are candidates for balloon kyphoplasty.


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As with any surgery, there are potential risks. Although balloon kyphoplasty is designed to minimize these risks as much as possible, there is a chance that complications could occur. Serious adverse events can occur including:

  • myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • pulmonary embolism (cement leakage that migrates to the lungs)
  • cardiac arrest (heart stops beating)
  • paralysis or muscle weakness
  • death

Patients should consult with their doctor for a full discussion of risks.

 

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