Compression fractures in the middle (thoracic) and lower (lumbar) spine are common, especially in older women who have osteoporosis (weak or brittle spinal bones). You can have  one of these fractures even if you don’t have an injury or accident.

Kyphoplasty uses plastic cement to hold the broken vertebrae (spinal bones) together. This stabilizes your spine and reduces pain. In the last 10 years, thousands of patients have been successfully treated with this procedure.

The Procedure

Your doctor places a small balloon device in the broken bone and inflates it. Plastic cement is injected to fill the open spaces in the vertebra. Your doctor might be able to put your spinal bones back in place before injecting the cement.

If you have a certain type of cancer, such as multiple myeloma, you might need kyphoplasty or a different treatment called vertebroplasty. This cancer also causes bone loss.

The OHSU Spine Center doctors are very experienced at doing kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for patients with spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis or multiple myeloma.

Our goal is to provide you with the best spine care. Please find our list of resources and educational materials designed to help understand your specific condition, treatment or post surgery follow up care.