Mr Ben Okafor FRCS (Orth.)

Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon

Balloon kyphoplasty 

Since it was first devised in 1998, nearly a quarter of a million patients have had fractures repaired by balloon kyphoplasty.

Here are the main facts about kyphoplasty:

  • It can be done under general or local anesthetic
  • The procedure is carried out by inserting two balloons into the fractured vertebral body
  • The balloons are inflated to create a cavity and perform fracture reduction, and are afterwards removed
  • The cavity created by the balloons is filled with bone cement to obtain fracture fixation. The fracture is then stabilized, which facilitates patient mobility and gives fast pain relief

Assuring the safety of the procedure

  • By using 2 balloons, trabecular bone is compacted when the balloons are inflated. This creates a “wall” to prevent the cement from spreading too much  
  • The fracture is stabilized with a very high viscosity cement – similar in consistency to toothpaste. The cement is placed in the cavity under low manual pressure  

Benefits of balloon kyphoplasty

  • Fast and sustained pain relief
  • Performing activities of daily living again
  • Participating again in normal social life
  • Correction of spinal deformity
  • Possible reduced risk for new fractures
  • Correction of posture improves vital capacity

Balloon Kyphoplasty is designed for patients with Vertebral Compression Fractures caused by:

  • Primary Osteoporosis
  • Secondary Osteoporosis
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Bone Metastasis

Return to treatments and operations






Pre-operative x-ray

Patient in postion

Interoperative x-ray

Reduction of the spinal fracture

Post-operative x-ray


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