Vertebroplasty is an outpatient procedure for stabilizing compression fractures of vertebra by injecting special bone cement into back bones (vertebrae) that have cracked or broken, often because of osteoporosis. The cement eventually hardens, stabilizes the fractures and supports spine.
Indications for Vertebroplasty
Surgeon may recommend the procedure in following cases:
Vertebroplasty is performed under general or local anaesthesia while using real-time x-rays to reach the target area. A needle is inserted into the fractured vertebra and bone cement is slowly injected into the vertebra. A second injection may also be required in case the vertebra is not completely filled. It takes around one hour for each fracture and patient also needs to lie on their back for 1 hour after the procedure while the cement hardens. Patient may experience pain relief almost immediately after the procedure, but it might take up to 72 hours.
Advantages of Vertebroplasty
Vertebroplasty is a safe and well tolerated procedure but may be associated with minor complications like:
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