Minimally Invasive Spine Procedure: Vertebroplasty

Minimally Invasive Spine Procedure: Vertebroplasty

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.

The Vertebroplasty Procedure

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.

Benefits

Besides the benefits mentioned earlier, others include:

  • No need for General Anesthesia, or any incisions as other similar procedures require.
  • It is a minimally invasive procedure, which means shorter surgical recovery time.
  • No need for hospitalization. Procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, compared to a one day hospital other techniques.
  • Most patients experience immediate pain relief and are quickly able to return to their normal daily activities.
  • No bracing is required.
  • Future fractures may be avoided. By stabilizing the fractured vertebra, the onset or worsening of severe spinal deformity is prevented.

Possible Risks Complications

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.

Conclusion

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.

To Learn More About the Procedure

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.

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