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.