Vertroplasty/Kypho­plasty

Definition of Vertroplasty/Kypho­plasty

Less severe vertebral fractures, caused by accidents, metastasis and osteoporosis, may be treated by Vertroplasty/Kyphoplasty.

Vertroplasty

Through a small incision a needle is introduced to the fractured vertebral body and afterwards bone-cement is injected to stabilize the fracture to reduce spinal pain.

Kyphoplasty

Through a small incision a balloon is introduced to the fractured vertebral body to create a cavity so bone-cement can be injected to fill the cavity and therefore to stabilize the fracture.

Both surgeries can be conducted under local anaesthesia. Occasionally, general anaesthesia is required.

Post-operative care

The post-operative course depends on the number of stabilized vertebras. Generally, patients can leave the hospital within a few days.
A first post-operative appointment will be scheduled four to six weeks after surgery.

Working ability and leisure behaviour

Usually, patients can return to work after four to six weeks. Daily activities, excluding heavy lifting (more than 10 kg), can be carried out earlier.