Patients' Guide To
Spinal Fractures & Kyphoplasty

Balloon Kyphoplasty Video

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Spinal Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis

The Surgeon General warns that by the year 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 will be at increased risk for an osteoporosis-related fracture. A spinal fracture occurs when one of the bones in the spinal column weakens and collapses. Incredibly, two-thirds of patients who suffer from this type of fracture are never diagnosed or treated by a physician! Fortunately, there's a minimally invasive procedure called Balloon Kyphoplasty that can help repair spinal fractures. Balloon Kyphoplasty can reduce back pain, increase mobility and has been performed on over 187,000 patients worldwide.

This video presentation features patient and physician interviews and a discussion of the procedure.

As with any surgery, there are potential risks. Although balloon kyphoplasty is designed to minimize these risks as much as possible, there is a chance that complications could occur. Serious adverse events can occur including: myocardial infarction (heart attack), cerebrovascular accident (stroke), pulmonary embolism (cement leakage that migrates to the lungs), cardiac arrest (heart stops beating), paralysis or muscle weakness, death. Patients should consult with their doctor for a full discussion of risks.

Updated on: 06/11/14
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