Vertebroplasty is an advanced, minimally invasive procedure that repairs vertebral compression fractures. These fractures, which can result from osteoporosis, tumors, or traumatic injury, most commonly occur in the thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower) spine.
In this procedure, orthopaedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons work with interventional radiologists who provide fluoroscopic imaging for guidance. The specialists make a tiny incision in the skin (known as a percutaneous incision), usually only requiring local anesthesia and sedation. A needle is inserted through the skin and into the fractured vertebra. Acrylic bone cement is then injected into the fracture, stabilizing the bone as it hardens, and relieving pain that had been caused by bone fragments rubbing together. Some patients report immediate pain relief but most experience pain relief within 48 hours.
Following the procedure, patients need to lie flat for two to three hours. Most patients are then discharged from the hospital. Patients can follow post-procedure guidelines provided by the surgeon and most can resume activities within 24-48 hours after treatment.
Vertebroplasty is not recommended for back pain associated with arthritis, herniated discs, or degenerative disc disease.
Women are at increased risk for vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis,
a loss of bone density that occurs mainly in post-menopausal women.
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