About Balloon Kyphoplasty

Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty may help you maintain a better quality of life after a spinal fracture.

When left untreated, spinal fractures can cause your spine to shorten and angle forward, resulting in stooped posture or a hunched back. This forward curvature of the spine (called “kyphosis”) makes it difficult to walk, reach for things, or conduct normal activities of living. Most spinal fracture treatments merely manage pain and don’t repair the bone or correct spinal deformity.

KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty is different. This minimally invasive procedure has a low complication rate. During the procedure, orthopedic balloons are used to gently elevate the fractured vertebra in an attempt to return it to the correct position. Patients often experience immediate pain relief after the procedure.1,2,3

To date, over 700,000 spinal fractures have been treated with balloon kyphoplasty. Although not all doctors are aware of the benefits of balloon kyphoplasty, there are over 14,000 doctors around the world who are trained to perform the procedure.

Benefits of KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty

Unlike other treatments, balloon kyphoplasty may correct the vertebral body angular deformity that results from spinal fractures.

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About the KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty Procedure

This minimally invasive procedure may allow you to return to normal activities within a few days.

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Important Safety Information

The complication rate with KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low. There are risks associated with the procedure (for example, cement leakage), including serious complications, and though rare, some of which may be fatal. This procedure is not for everyone. A prescription is required. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, contraindications, benefits, and risks. Only you and your physician can determine whether this procedure is right for you.

Why It’s Important to Treat Spinal Fracture

Understanding Balloon Kyphoplasty
Learn how balloon kyphoplasty works, and how it may benefit spinal fracture patients.


  • *†Garfin, S.R., R.A. Buckley, and J. Ledlie, Balloon kyphoplasty for symptomatic vertebral body compression fractures results in rapid, significant, and sustained improvements in back pain, function, and quality of life for elderly patients. Spine, 2006. 31(19): p. 2213-20.

  • *†Ledlie, J.T. and M.B. Renfro, Kyphoplasty treatment of vertebral fractures: 2-year outcomes show sustained benefits. Spine, 2006. 31(1): p. 57-64.

  • *Phillips, F.M., et al., Early radiographic and clinical results of balloon kyphoplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. Spine, 2003. 28(19): p. 2260-5; discussion 2265-7.

Disclosure: an asterisk (*) denotes that some/all of the authors are paid Medtronic consultants. A cross (†) indicates that research cited may have been funded partially, or in whole, by Medtronic.