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Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty
in Fredericksburg, VA

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With a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty procedure, our Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologists can relieve your pain without invasive surgery.

Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA) is the leading provider of kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty procedures in greater Fredericksburg region. Our Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologists perform this procedure in our outpatient facility conveniently located in the Fredericksburg area. Our nationally recognized physicians take pride in offering the highest quality services in the region.

When it comes to treating osteoporotic fractures of the spine, the Interventional Radiologists at VIVA are the experts you can trust. Spinal fractures are often a result of osteoporosis, injury, or tumors. With a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty procedure, our Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologists can relieve your pain without invasive surgery.

Common Risk Factors Include:


Women over 50 who have gone through menopause

Smaller body frames

Family history

Diets that are low in calcium


Excessive alcohol use

Use of tobacco products

Sitting for a long period

“When I woke up, I literally jumped from the table. I had no pain.

I know that I would be in a wheelchair by now if this procedure didn’t exist,” Loretta said. “My children could hardly believe my outcomes. Sometimes people are leery of undergoing a procedure like this, and I understand that. I’m going to be 84,” Loretta said. “The thing is, there’s no recovery. It’s instant. I was back to myself again, only pain-free.”

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What is kyphoplasty?

Kyphoplasty (kye-fo-plas-tee) is a minimally invasive procedure designed to alleviate the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to help stabilize the bone, and to restore lost vertebral body height. A balloon is inserted into the fractured vertebra, and filled with medical-grade bone cement, which strengthens and stabilizes the bone.

What is vertebroplasty?

Like kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty (ver-tee-bro-plas-tee) is a minimally invasive procedure designed to alleviate the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to help stabilize the bone, and to restore lost vertebral body height. With the use of a needle, medical-grade bone cement is injected directly into a vertebra.

What is the difference between kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty?

Like kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty is also a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It is a very similar option that may be recommended for the treatment of spinal compression fracture. Much like a kyphoplasty procedure, medical-grade cement is used to strengthen and stabilize the vertebra. However, an image-guided needle is inserted directly, without the use of a balloon, to expand the compression. Both procedures takes one to two hours and patients usually go home the same day.

What are the benefits of a kyphoplasty or a vertebroplasty procedure?

If you have experienced a compression or a fracture in your spine due to osteoporosis, trauma, or a tumor, you may have tried rest, physical therapy, or pain medication as a first line of treatment. In the event that those treatments are not working to provide pain relief or improvement to your quality of life, your doctor may prescribe a kyphoplasty procedure. Our goal is to help you return to your daily activities as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

The four goals of a kyphoplasty procedure are:
  1. Strengthen and stabilize the bone
  2. Relieve pain caused by spinal fracture
  3. Promote increased mobility
  4. Restore lost vertebral body height

Kyphoplasty will prevent the further collapse of the vertebrae that are damaged and will provide long term relief for these compression fractures. Most patients who have had this procedure report pain relief within 48 hours. The outpatient procedure is covered by most health insurances.

What can I expect during a kyphoplasty procedure?

During a kyphoplasty procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area and sedation to keep you comfortable. Our Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologist will then make a small incision in your skin to guide a needle into the injured vertebral body using x-ray guidance. Once the needle is in place, your doctor will inflate a balloon to restore the fractured or compressed vertebra to its normal size. Medical cement is then inserted into the space formed by the balloon to maintain the corrected height. The cement hardens in about 30 minutes. The entire treatment may take between 45 and 90 minutes . For most patients, this is an outpatient procedure.

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Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty Recovery

The rapid recovery time for a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty procedure is a major benefit. Once the procedure has been completed, you will remain in a recovery room for rest and observation. Upon being cleared to go home, patients often leave the office with little to no pain. Although experiencing immediate pain relief is most common for patients, pain could take 1 to 3 days to subside. Over-the-counter medications are typically prescribed for relief of discomfort or pain management. A 1 to 2 weeks postoperative follow-up is scheduled to ensure success of the procedure and proper recovery.

What are the risks of a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty?

Though there are many benefits to this treatment, there are risks—just like any surgical procedure. The risks associated with kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Additional compression
  • Orthopedic Cement
  • Leakage
  • Bleeding and numbness (rare)

At VIVA, our Interventional Radiologists are Board Certified, Fellowship Trained

According to Dr. John McLaughlin, the physicians at VIVA are able to play a key role in medical care beyond traditional radiology. “We don’t just diagnose, we intervene,” Dr. McLaughlin said. “We do a variety of procedures – microsurgeries – using very small devices and image guidance. Most procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, and they are a lot less invasive and a lot more effective than open surgeries.”

VIVA is an interventional radiology and vascular surgery practice staffed by Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons. Treatments offered by VIVA physicians include minimally invasive procedures for uterine fibroids, varicose veins/spider veins, cancer, compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, chronic pain, and many other conditions. VIVA physicians also provide the full range of vascular surgery care including catheter-based and open procedures.

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