Dr. John Culclasure Kyphoplasty , Howell Allen Clinic, Nashville TN

Is Balloon Kyphoplasty

the answer for YOU ?


Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty uses orthopedic balloons and bone cement to repair the spinal fracture. The procedure sets the broken vertebra by creating an internal cast. Many patients report relief from fracture pain and increased mobility immediately following the procedure.


In determining whether balloon kyphoplasty is right for you, it should be noted that Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty has a low risk for complications, but serious ones can occur.


Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty has been shown to be beneficial for patients in whom restoration of vertebral height is feasible.1 It’s important to consult with your doctor about the benefits and risks associated with Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty. By so doing, you will be better able to make an informed decision.

John Culcasure Kyphoplasty 

Howell Allen Clinic

Nashville Tennessee

kyphoplasty overview

frequestly asked questions

Who is a candidate for these procedures?

Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty are generally reserved for people with painful progressive back pain secondary to osteoporotic or pathologic vertebral compression fractures. Candidates for these procedures often experience significant decreases in mobility and function as a result of the fractures.

To be a candidate for a kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty, a patient’s pain must correlate to the vertebral fracture, and must not be due to other problems, such as disk herniation, arthritis, or stenosis. Imaging tests - such as spinal X-rays, bone scans, and computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans - might be ordered to confirm the presence of a vertebral fracture.

What can happen if spinal fractures aren’t diagnosed and treated?

It’s important to diagnose and treat spinal fractures early. Better results can typically be achieved when a fracture is treated sooner rather than later. Kyphotic deformity (a rounded or humped back) and progressive bone weakness increase your risk for additional fractures.

In cases of pronounced kyphosis, your ability to breathe, walk, eat, or sleep properly may be adversely affected. Consult with your doctor to determine your condition and the appropriate treatment.

What can a patient reasonably expect after undergoing Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty?

Published studies report a marked reduction in pain, sometimes within hours of the procedure.1 Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty has been shown to improve mobility and enable patients to return to everyday activities such as walking, bending, and lifting, with significantly less pain than they had prior to the procedure.

Patients report improved mental health, vitality, social function, and emotional well-being.

Can a spinal fracture that occurred a long time ago be treated with Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty?

Age of a spinal fracture and treatment success varies from patient to patient. Each patient is unique. The specific treatment options and the timing of those treatments should be discussed with your doctor.

Can any doctor perform Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty?

Generally, doctors performing Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty first attend a special training course taught by doctors who have extensive experience with the procedure. Doctors trained to do the procedure include orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and interventional radiologists. In addition, pain-management specialists who specialize in treating the spine can perform balloon kyphoplasty.

Doctors who treat patients with osteoporosis (general practitioners, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, physical medicine practitioners, gynecologists, and geriatricians) or cancer (oncologists) can refer spinal fracture patients to spine specialists trained to do the procedure.

After balloon kyphoplasty, the patient should return to the referring doctor for medical management of the underlying disorder, for example, osteoporosis.

What type of anesthesia is used during a kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty?

Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty are considered minimally invasive procedures that are most often performed using general anesthesia, depending on the doctor and the needs of the patient. In most cases, this procedure is performed as an overnight stay, although many patients do go home the same afternoon.

How effective is kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty?

Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty usually provide pain relief and improved mobility within 48 hours of the procedures. In some cases, however, patients feel pain relief immediately. The majority of patients are satisfied with the results, with many returning to all their usual activities they were performing before the vertebral fracture occurred.









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