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Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed under local or general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure is usually 45 minutes. This procedure is intended to help patients with a stress fracture in their spine from trauma, osteoporosis, or metastatic cancers like prostate or breast cancer, or multiple myeloma. This procedure serves these goals: 1) Reduce or eliminate back pain from the stress fracture, 2) Prevent further collapse of the fracture, thus avoiding an increase in spinal deformity and progression of postural problems, 3) Restore normal spinal alignment, thus improving the patient's posture. Note that this procedure will not cure the primary cancer, but it can provide a structural solution and be a palliative measure .
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