Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure used to treat painful, progressive vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). A VCF is a fracture in a vertebra, which causes it to collapse. In turn, this causes the spinal column above it to develop an abnormal forward curve.

VCFs may be caused by:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Tumors
  • Certain forms of cancer

Diagnostic procedures may include the following:


Symptoms include:

  • pain that does not get better with rest
  • numbness, tingling or weakness in legs
  • loss of control or inability to urinate  


In kyphoplasty, a tiny balloon is inserted through a quarter-inch incision and placed at the sight of the fracture, creating a space between the compressed discs. Bone cement is injected into this space to stabilize the discs. At the conclusion of the procedure, the spine is better aligned and pain is dramatically relieved.

After Surgery/Recovery

Physical Therapy is a critical part of complete recovery. Our doctors recommend DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, with 30 convenient locations across southeastern Michigan. To find one near you, click here. 

Non-Operative Sports Medicine Specialists 
Britta Anderson, DO (Offices in Warren, Detroit, Plymouth & Farmington Hills)
Tariq Awan, DO (Offices in Detroit, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)
Sadiq Haque, DO (Offices in Detroit, Novi, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)

Expert Spine Physicians
Miguel Lis-Planells, M.D. (Offices in Warren & Southfield)

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