Are You a Candidate for Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?

Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are stabilizing treatments for vertebral compression fractures. They are performed to relieve intense pain symptoms in cases of spinal compression fractures.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are most commonly used in cases of severe, functionally disabling pain caused by a vertebral fracture that does not improve over a number of weeks with pain medication and treatment with brace immobilization.

Are you a candidate for Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?

When a vertebral compression fracture is not able to heal naturally or with the help of a brace and other traditional treatments, Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are performed. These procedures are typically performed on patients over 65 and those who are suffering from osteoporosis with painful complications.

Both procedures are performed a few weeks after the fracture. Cement-like material is placed around the fractured vertebra, under X-ray guidance and using tiny and minimally invasive incisions.


Vertebroplasty is performed under mild sedation. The doctor places catheters inside the fracture, in a precise manner. Then s/he injects a bone cement solution into the fractured vertebra under great pressure. It is left to dry for 10 minutes. Once it dries, the cement hardens to join bone fragments together and provide stability to the damaged bones. The procedure is done to stabilize the fractured bone with the goal bringing pain relief and increasing spinal function.


Kyphoplasty is conducted under the effect of general or local anesthesia. The doctor places a balloon catheter inside the vertebra. A liquid is pumped into the balloon under high pressure. Once the balloon inflates, it can correct any wedges occurring in the ruptured vertebra and heal the collapsing bones.

After the balloon reaches the stage of maximum inflation, it creates a hollow cavity. The balloon is then deflated and removed. It is replaced by cavity-filling cement that hardens within the hollow space and provides firmness to the bones.

Success Rates

Both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty have shown a success rate of 90%. These procedures can effectively relieve pain due to fractures within 6 weeks.

If the bone collapses or there are multiple breaks and wedging, kyphoplasty is the more effective solution, especially when the spine is curved inwards rather than falling out. Kyphosis can prevent the hunchback condition (kyphotic deformity in the spine) as well as bring the vertebral column to its normal state and prevents any chances of deformity occurring in the future.

If you or a loved one is suffering from back pain and it appears to be coming from a vertebral compression fracture, consult the comprehensive pain management clinic in San Antonio, Premier Pain Consultants at 210–202–4030. Premier Pain Consultants offer a variety of highly effective pain treatments, such as physical therapy treatments, interventional pain treatments and medication management in San Antonio.