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Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that stabilizes a vertebral compression fracture, reduces back pain, and restores the height and alignment of the spine. When a vertebra fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed and distorted, causing pain. Some of the causes of weakened vertebrae include cancer, and oseoporosis, a disease that results in a loss of bone density, mass, and strength. 

Kyphoplasty is used to gently elevate the fractured vertebrae in an attempt to return it to the correct position. A cavity is created and then filled in with a special cement to prevent further collapse. The procedure can be performed in patients who have severe pain requiring hospitalization, or conditions that limit bed rest and medications.