Kyphoplasty involves a minimally invasive approach to inject cement into a vertebral body compression fracture. Under x-ray guidance with a small incision, the cement is injected into a nonhealing and painful fracture. The cement provides stability to the fractured bone which can allow people to mobilize with less pain.
Figure 1. Lateral x-rays show the compression
fracture on the left, with restoration of height of
the vertebral body with injection of the cement on the right.