Manhattan Experts with Kyphoplasty, performed by Matthew Spiegel, MD


Vertebral compression fractures are caused by a collapse of the vertebral body, usually due to osteoporosis, trauma, or tumors. These fractures can cause significant pain and disability, and may also lead to spinal deformity. During a kyphoplasty procedure, a larger needle is inserted via the skin and advanced into the vertebral body. Thereafter, a small balloon is inflated inside the vertebral body to lift the compressed bone back into place. The balloon is then deflated and removed and the cavity left by the balloon is filled with medical grade bone cement which prevents future collapse. The kyphoplasty procedure is typically done as an outpatient procedure, under local anesthetic or sedation. The procedure is considered minimally invasive and performed under low-dose X-ray guidance. It takes about 45 minutes to complete, patients go home the same day and is generally considered safe, with a low risk of complications. Kyphoplasty has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and improving function for patients with vertebral compression fractures.

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