Kyphoplasty is a procedure for your back. It is done to relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine. It can return your vertebrae to a more normal shape.

The doctor makes a small cut in your back. Then he or she inserts a hollow needle or tube called a trocar. Fluoroscopy, a kind of X-ray, is used to guide the needle to the fractured vertebra.

When the needle is in place, the doctor inserts a balloon. The balloon is inflated and then deflated. Using the hollow needle, the doctor puts a cement substance into the space created by the balloon.

It takes about 1 to 2 hours to treat each vertebra. You may go home that day, or you may spend the night in the hospital.

Most people are able to go back to their normal activities within a day.