Kyphoplasty in Naples, FL


What is Kyphoplasty?

Spinal compression fractures may cause intractable pain, reduced mobility, or progressive spinal deformity. Surgeons use various procedures, including kyphoplasty, to alleviate pain and prevent further deformity or fracture collapse associated with spinal fractures due to osteoporosis or malignancy.

Doctors use kyphoplasty to safely restore vertebral height in cases of spinal compression fractures. After utilizing a balloon inserted into the fractured vertebral body to restore height your surgeon injects special bone cement into the vertebra(e) to stabilize the bone(s) and relieve pain.

Benefits of the Kyphoplasty Procedure

Spinal compression fractures may be painful and debilitating and may lead to a permanent spinal deformity called kyphosis, in which the spine curves forward abnormally. If left untreated, a spinal compression fracture may contribute to impaired mobility and reduced quality of life.  Sometimes untreated fractures progress to requiring more extensive multi-level fusion operations.

As with all spinal surgeries and treatments your doctor must determine if kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty is right for you. For qualifying patients, these procedures offer benefits such as:

  • Significant reduction in back pain
  • Long-term vertebral height restoration
  • Improved posture
  • Increased mobility
  • Better quality of life
  • And more

If you are a candidate for the kyphoplasty procedure discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor and surgeon so that you can make informed decisions about your health care.

What To Expect With Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed in the outpatient setting under IV sedation and with local anesthetic.  It  has demonstrated marked success for most patients with minimal risk. Here is a brief summary of what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Speak with your doctor for more detailed information regarding the procedure.

Before the Procedure

In preparation for your kyphoplasty procedure Dr. Ditty will discuss your medical conditions with the anesthetist to make sure you are healthy enough for IV sedation.

Dr. Ditty and his team may give you specific instructions for your procedure that are unique to your case.

During the Procedure

Kyphoplasty procedures generally take thirty minutes to treat a single fractured vertebra, but may take as long as an hour if multiple fractures require treatment.

Patients lie face down on a comfortable surface with accommodations to allow for normal breathing while under IV sedation.  Dr. Ditty will make one small incision (so small it does not require a stitch) at the level of each fractured vertebra being treated.  He will then insert a rigid needle into the vertebra(e) and inflate a small balloon to create a cavity and hopefully restore some height.  Bone cement is then injected under image guidance to make sure that the cement is going to the appropriate parts of the fracture and not leaking out of the vertebra(e).


After the procedure you will be in the recovery room for a short time. Most patients are able to walk with minimal assistance thirty to sixty minutes after the procedure.

Recovery time may take several weeks but most patients notice significant improvement in fracture pain within the first 24 to 72 hours.  Most patients are able to return to unrestricted activity the day after the procedure.


Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ditty to discuss your surgical options. Dr. Ditty and his team will guide you through the steps you need to take for pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical recovery, including nonsurgical lifestyle changes to prevent further pain or complications.

Call (239) 337-2003 today to schedule a consultation or learn more.

From the receptionist to the X-ray tech, to Kelly, his PA and Dr. Ditty is exemplary. The environment is soothing, the staff is welcoming and Dr. Ditty and Kelly are superb. I had an extensive back procedure with complications that had nothing to do with the procedure and was treated kindly, knowledgeably and professionally.

Mark L.

The pain I was having in the beginning of the year was indescribable due to my bulging disc. Dr. Ditty handled my pain with such thoroughness and understanding too. I ended up requiring surgery and felt hardly any nervousness the entire process. Dr. Ditty treated me as he would his own family. You can tell he is doing God's work. Not because he has to, but, because he wants to. Best wishes with your decisions. I rate Dr. Ditty and his team a 5-star rating without a doubt in my mind.

Krissy A.

Can’t say enough good things about Dr. Ditty. Compassionate, skilled, professional. This is my third spinal fusion and he was the best.

Roger S.

March 2021