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Who should avoid kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty is not a suitable treatment option for every patient. This procedure has its contraindications, and your doctor will tell you more about them during your first meeting.

People with painful progressive back pain caused by vertebral compression fractures are typical candidates for kyphoplasty. They usually have a decreased ability to move and function.

However, this procedure is not for everyone. Only your healthcare provider will be able to determine whether kyphoplasty is right for you by conducting a series of tests and assessing any other potential health risks.

Kyphoplasty contraindications

Kyphoplasty is not recommended for patients who show improvement following a conservative regimen.

Some patients with osteoporosis might also not qualify for this procedure, as well as those suffering from:

  • coagulation disorders
  • arthritis
  • complete vertebral collapse
  • degenerative disc disease
  • unstable fracture
  • cement allergy

Moreover, when the spine’s deformity is already established, kyphoplasty will not be able to correct it.


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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/