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Balloon Kyphoplasty

While most people associate osteoporosis with hip fractures, the most common fracture caused by osteoporosis actually occurs in the spine. About 700,000 Americans suffer spine fractures each year - called vertebral body compression fractures (VCFs). These fractures can be painful and can have serious long-term consequences.

VCF occurs when the thick block of bone at the front of the vertebra in the spine collapses, causing the spine to shorten and fall forward. The chest and abdomen become compressed making normal activities such as walking, eating and sleeping painful and difficult. VCF results in throacic and lumbar spinal deformity and is often seen in older patients. This spinal deformity, commonly known as a Dowager's Hump, is also referred to as 'kyphosis'.

Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair spinal fractures in patients. The goals of this surgical procedure are designed to stop pain caused by the bone fracture, stabilize the bone and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture.

Click on the links below to learn more about the specialists offering Balloon Kyphoplasty at St. Joseph Hospital:

Deborah Berger, MD
Jeffrey Chapdelaine, MD

To learn more about Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty, including how the procedure is done, visit www.medtronic.com.