Vertebroplasty is a treatment that injects cement into a cracked or broken spinal bone to help relieve pain. Spinal bones are called vertebrae. Vertebroplasty is used most often to treat a type of injury called a compression fracture. These injuries are usually caused by osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bone. Vertebroplasty has been safely performed since 1987.
Using fluoroscopic (x-ray) imaging, an interventional radiologist precisely inserts a needle into the collapsed vertebral body through a small incision in the skin. This image-guided technique allows the doctor to accurately access the fracture while minimizing any trauma to surrounding tissue. A medical-grade liquid cement is then injected into the center of the vertebrae. As the cement solidifies, the broken bone is stabilized. The treatment is performed with the patient face-down and sedated for their comfort. Afterwards, many patients feel immediate relief from pain, and can be discharged home the same day.
As with any treatment, vertebroplasty has some risks, which include infection, cement dislodgement, and in rare cases, spinal cord injury.
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