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What is the Difference Between a Kyphoplasty and a Vertebroplasty?


Updated June 16, 2014

Question: What is the Difference Between a Kyphoplasty and a Vertebroplasty?
Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are members of the same family. Both treat fractures of the spine due to weakness of the vertebral bones. Both inject cement into vertebrae that have experienced compression fracture. Both aim to stop pain and to stabilize the spine.


A balloon is inserted into the vertebral body and gently inflated to restore shape and height to the fractured bone. The balloon is then removed and the bone cement injected. This will hold the restored height and shape in place.


The bone cement is injected into the broken areas of bone to stabilize the spine, but no attempt is made to restore the former height of the bone.

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Date Created: January 26, 2006.
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