Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are used to treat compression fractures in the spine. A compression fracture occurs when pressure on a vertebra causes it to break or crack. Compression fractures are often extremely painful, and can cause abnormal spine curvature that leads to other serious health problems. Vertebroplasty stabilizes compression fractures in the spine. Bone cement is injected into back bones (vertebrae) that have cracked or broken, often because of osteoporosis or other disease processes. The cement hardens, stabilizing the fractures and supporting the patient’s spine.
In Kyphoplasty, a balloon is first inserted into the fractured bone through the hollow needle to create a cavity or space. The cement is injected into the cavity once the balloon is removed.
The physicians and physicians assistants with San Diego Imaging can perform both Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplastyprocedures in our comfortable and convenient outpatient center in Kearny Mesa. They also provide these services at various hospital partners.