Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed to treat vertebral body compression fractures. Vertebroplasty uses orthopaedic bone cement to stabilize the fracture. Benefits include significant pain relief, and return to an active life so you can stay healthy, strong, and independent.
Vertebroplasty is performed under local anesthesia. Using image guided x-ray technology a narrow tube is threaded to the fractured vertebra. Next, the space is filled with Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), an orthopaedic bone cement. The cement hardens and repairs the fracture and stabilizes and strengthens the vertebral body. The procedure takes about 1-hour per fracture treated.
Besides the benefits mentioned earlier, others include:
All surgical procedures, including vertebroplasty involves risks and complications. Some risks and complications are not related to the procedure, but the patient’s general health. Your surgeon will carefully and thoroughly review these with you.
Although vertebroplasty is appropriate for all patients, our specialists can talk to you about other treatment choices. Our skilled surgeons perform many vertebroplasty procedures and are pleased to answer all of your questions.
If you are interested in an and evaluation for a vertebroplasty procedure to manage your pain or treat your fracture, the spine doctors of the The Spine and Pain Institute of New York in Manhattan, New York and Staten Island, New York, we would be happy to see you for a consultation and help you learn about the treatment options available to you.