Imaging Sciences

Kyphoplasty

Before reduction of vertebral body compression fractureAfter reduction of vertebral body compression fracture

Before and after reduction of vertebral body compression fracture

Kyphoplasty is similar to vertebroplasty. The technique entails cement injection into the fractured vertebral body. The difference between kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty is that kyphoplasty entails the use of a balloon to expand the compressed vertebral body before cement is injected. The theory behind this is that the balloon would reduce the fracture and improve the patient's stature.

Placement of balloon to expand compressed vertebrae Post-kyphoplasty vertabrae

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