- stop the pain associated with the fracture
- stabilize the vertebra
- restore vertebral body height
Most of the time, patients who undergo Kyphoplasty experience pain relief within 2 weeks after the surgery. Function is generally improved, as well. Often, vertebral height is increased, but this result is not as dependable as the pain relief and function improvement measures.
Worldwide, nearly 200,000 kyphoplasties have been performed since the surgery got its start in 1998. Over 7,000 physicians are skilled in this procedure.
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