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A few years ago, there were hardly any treatment options for spinal compression fractures. Patients had to undergo invasive, open spine surgery to repair the deformity.

Fortunately, now there are two minimally invasive procedures available to treat spinal compression fractures — Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty.

Read on to understand more about these options.

Similarities between Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Vertebral compression fractures occur when the front of a vertebra collapses while the back remains intact. This would look like a wedge on an X-ray. When such fractures do not respond to conservative treatments or they are too severe, minimally invasive surgery in the form of a vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may be recommended.

Both Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty achieve the same outcome and both procedures are performed in a similar manner.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are outpatient procedures that last only about an hour.

Difference between Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty involve using surgical instruments to restore vertebral height and using a biological cement-like substance to repair the fracture site.

The important difference between the two procedures is the insertion of a small balloon into the fractured area to create space, only during kyphoplasty.

Your surgeon is the best judge of which procedure is best for you.

If you are suffering from back pain that doesn’t seem to go away, consult the most experienced vertebroplasty experts at Pain and Spine Clinics in Phoenix, Arizona.