Kyphoplasty Minimally Invasive Procedure for Compression Fractures

Kyphoplasty has transformed the way we are able to take care of patients with compression fractures. In this segment, we will review what you can expect and the benefits of this minimally invasive spine procedure. 

Kyphoplasty may be recommended for damaged vertebrae or certain spinal fractures. In most cases, a weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) has caused the vertebrae to compress or collapse, causing pain or a hunched posture.

The procedure may be performed as an outpatient in 30 minutes or less. The relief from pain may be immediate and patients may resume normal activities immediately.

Kyphoplasty uses a small balloon that gently lifts bone fragments into their correct position.  The balloon is inflated to create a space that the surgeon later fills with a special bone cement. The bone cement creates an internal cast that holds the vertebra in place. This extra feature allows kyphoplasty to help restore vertebral height, and thus, help reduce spinal deformity.  It also allows a thicker cement to be used which has less risk of leaking out and causing complications.

It is important to accurately diagnose vertebral compression fractures, as there are a number of potential adverse effects if a diagnosis is missed and there is no treatment. In general, vertebral fractures are associated with both increased morbidity which includes continued pain, decreased physical function, deformity, and potentially social isolation, all of which negatively impact the individual’s overall quality of and enjoyment of life. Mortality is also associated with vertebral fractures, as women diagnosed with a compression fracture of the spine have a 15% higher mortality rate than those who do not experience fractures.

Dr. Andrew Moulton Joins Joseph Spine Advanced Center for Spine Care

Joseph Spine is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Moulton has joined our practice and will be seeing patients primarily at Joseph Spine’s Advanced Center for Spine, Scoliosis, and Minimally Invasive Spine Centers in Safety Harbor and St. Petersburg locations.

“As our business grows, and to better serve the Tampa Bay area, we felt the need to add another advanced spine care surgeon to our practice to ensure the best spine care and convenience to our patients,” said Dr. Samuel Joseph, founder of Joseph Spine. “Dr. Moulton provides a great blend of expertise and knowledge in advanced spine care, along with a strong passion to provide community outreach to spine patients in need, locally, nationally and internationally, which is a high priority for Joseph Spine.”

Dr. Moulton received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He did his Residency at SUNY Downstate Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He did his Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Disease.

Dr. Moulton has been involved in a number of humanitarian efforts. He is president and co-founder of the Butterfly Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings spine surgery teams from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic to teach local surgeons the latest techniques in spine surgery.

Dr. Moulton has published numerous papers in professional journals and was involved in two biomechanical studies involving the spine. He is also fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

About the Butterfly Foundation

The Butterfly Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on teaching spinal deformity surgery in developing countries. The primary site has been the Dominican Republic, with similar projects annually in Chile, Jamaica, Malawi, and Vietnam. The first trip to the Dominican Republic was in March 2003. The pattern for following trips includes and established deformity surgeon working alongside a local surgeon as well as didactic lectures and saw-bone workshops. Teams consist of academic spinal deformity surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, OR techs, perfusionists, and neurophysiologists. Local “fellows” have been selected at each site for focused training.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is the advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, Jr., a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, physical therapy, pain management, stem cell therapy,  disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy and robotic-assisted surgery for patients to provide the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) available globally.

Joseph Spine is dedicated to offering humanitarian spine services internationally in the form of education, awareness, and surgery. Please visit for more information.