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Understanding Balloon Kyphoplasty and Myeloma-Induced Vertebral Compression Fractures

Sudden severe back pain can indicate that the vertebral body of a vertebra has fractured or collapsed. Fractures of the bones of the spinal column are called vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) or simply, spinal fractures. Treatments to alleviate the pain associated with VCFs range from over-the-counter medications to major open spine surgery. Minimally invasive surgical techniques, like balloon kyphoplasty, fall in the middle of these treatment options.



My husband is a myeloma patient. He has had a spinal fracture , has arthritis in his spine also, and walks bent at the waist. Would someone with those issues be a candidate for kyphoplasty? He played golf last year in his brace about 3 months after the fracture, and has continued to play without the brace. Prior to his dagnosis he was a golf profesional so he has adapted his swing so the power comes from his arms with very little body motion. The hardest part of the whole thing is his walk from the cart to the tee, because he is so stooped over.

It is possible that your husband would still be a candidate for kyphoplasty; we suggest you consult with your myeloma doctor who can then refer you to an orthopedic surgeon. If you have additional questions about this or any other myeloma-related issue, please call the Hotline, toll-free, at 1-800-452-2873.

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