GLEN DALE, W.Va. – Michael J. Maroney, M.D., chair of Radiology at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital performed the hospital’s first kyphoplasty procedure to treat a spinal compression fracture this morning (July 25). Reynolds Memorial joins an elite group of facilities across West Virginia that perform this procedure.

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure in which the surgeon makes a small incision above the affected area. Using X-ray guidance, the surgeon places a needle into the fractured vertebra. Bone cement is injected to stabilize the vertebra, restore height, and, most importantly, relieve the patient’s pain. As an outpatient procedure, most patients go home the same day.

It was performed in the new, state-of-the-art procedure room at Reynolds Memorial. The next kyphoplasty is scheduled for Friday.

“We’re excited to continue to broaden our scope of practice at Reynolds Memorial Hospital,” David Hess, M.D., president and CEO of Reynolds, said. “With the resources of WVU Medicine, we continue to grow and expand to provide quality care close to home.”