Kyphoplasty & Vertebroplasty

Kyphoplasty

Patients with osteoporotic fractures of the spine and some tumours of the spine are amenable to treatment. A vertebra may collapse due to these conditions. It is now possible to insert a cannula into the pedicles of damaged vertebrae. Balloons can then be used to inflate the vertebra and the cavity can then be filled with bone cement.

Vertebroplasty

X ray of the neck and showing a rigid 'bamboo spine'
Fig. 20: Vertebroplasty procedure. Cement is being injected into the vertebra.

Vertebroplasty is a similar technique to Kyphoplasty but, instead of using a balloon to expand the bone, cement is injected under pressure. This is generally more useful if there has not been significant collapse.

We specialise in assessment and diagnosis of spinal complaints with appropriate conservative treatment, planning surgery only when all other options have been exhausted.