What to Expect Before, During, and After Kyphoplasty

A compression fracture is a break in one of the vertebrae of the spine, which can cause intense pain, limit your movement, and affect the shape of your spine. If you’ve suffered a compression fracture, a procedure called kyphoplasty, may provide you with profound relief.

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive approach that repairs the fractured vertebra by expanding it back to its natural height.

At Broward Specialty Group, with offices in Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, and Pompano Beach, Florida, our team can treat your compression fracture and help you stand tall again. In this blog, they explain how kyphoplasty works.

How is kyphoplasty performed?

With kyphoplasty, we help your injured vertebra expand back to its original position. Here’s how the process works:


Your initial visit with our team involves evaluating your medical history, learning about your symptoms, and giving you a physical exam. To identify the root cause of your issue, we might take X-rays, MRI’s or perform other tests. Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we consult with you to determine the details of your procedure.


First, we sedate you with orla anesthesia as well as numb the targeted area with loca anesthesia to ensure you don’t feel any pain. Then we insert a very thin, long, needle into your spine, using X-ray guidance to make sure we place it in the targeted area.

We then place a balloon tamp through the needle to your compressed vertebra. Next, we inflate the balloon to create space in your affected vertebra. Then we deflate the balloon and fill the cavity with quick-hardening surgical cement, so the newly adjusted vertebra can retain its shape. From start to finish, your procedure should take an hour or less.


Your recovery period should only last a few hours. In most cases, you can be on your feet and walking around an hour after your procedure. Before you go home, we provide you with customized instructions on your follow-up care and when to schedule your next appointment.

The effectiveness of kyphoplasty

The effectiveness of your procedure will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your condition. During your consultation, we’ll talk with you about what you can expect.

However, there are things you can do to help achieve the most successful outcome. For example, keeping your weight within the recommended range, limiting your consumption of alcohol, and not smoking can help give you a more effective outcome.

If you suspect that you have a vertebral compression fracture, make an appointment with our team right away. Treating the damage as early as possible can help you feel better sooner and help prevent further complications. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Broward Specialty Group today.

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