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Vertebroplasty

What is it?

This is a procedure that is used to address painful vertebral body compression fractures. It involves injection of medical grade cement into the vertebral body under careful conditions.

How it is performed

Using X-ray guidance, a small needle is inserted through the back into the vertebral body. Bone cement is then injected into the vertebral body and allowed to harden. The needle is removed. The procedure is performed under sedation for our patient’s comfort.

What patients are candidates?

Patients who experience back pain from compression fractures of the vertebral body are candidates for the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection and may be given a back brace.