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Percutaneous Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

What are Percutaneous Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty?

Percutaneous kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive pain management procedures performed to stabilize and repair fractured bones, most often spinal fractures of the vertebrae caused by bone tumors. When a vertebral body is fractured, the rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed, resulting in pain. These compression fractures may involve the collapse of one or more vertebrae in the spine.

This procedure often follows percutaneous ablation of bone disease.

Who is a Candidate for Percutaneous Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty?

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are often performed for those with vertebral compression due to a tumor.  To determine if these procedures are right for you, please consult with your physician.

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The Percutaneous Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty Procedures

The kyphoplasty procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist on an outpatient basis. During kyphoplasty, an interventional radiologist employs X-ray guidance to insert a metal rod through a small opening in the skin and into the affected vertebra. Next, a tiny balloon is inserted through the tube and into the bone, where it is inflated to create a cavity and restore the height of the vertebra. The balloon is then removed, and medical-grade bone cement is injected into the cavity in the bone to stabilize and strengthen it.

Vertebroplasty involves the same steps as kyphoplasty but without the use of a balloon.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


Percutaneous Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty Aftercare

Following percutaneous kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, patients can expect to experience a bit of soreness from the needle insertion. However, a covered ice pack can be used to help relieve swelling or discomfort.

An interventional radiologist will be able to advise you as to whether your procedure was a technical success, and a follow-up visit may be recommended. Long-term pain relief occurs almost immediately or within hours of the procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning if percutaneous kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty is right for you, please contact South Florida Vascular Associates by giving us a call or filling out our online form. We serve the greater Southeast Florida areas with locations in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL.