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What is Vertebroplasty

What is Vertebroplasty?

According to John Hopkins University, “vertebroplasty is a procedure in which a special cement is injected into a fractured vertebra — with the goal of relieving your spinal pain and restoring your mobility.” It may be considered if more conservative methods such as bed rest, physical therapy, back braces and other approaches don’t work.  Your doctor may recommend the procedure if you have a fractured vertebra that has led to respiratory problems, deep vein thrombosis, worsening osteoporosis, and other physical and emotional problems.
As with all procedures there are benefits and risks. The medical school states that the risks are minor.

Known risks include

  • Loss of Blood
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Irritation of the nerve root
  • Fractures
  • Leakage of the Cement
  • Increased pain while the cement cures – a rare occurrence.

How the procedure works

Your pain doctor will usually order an X-Ray and conduct an physical and oral exam. He/she may order an MRI, or a CT scan. The doctors will ask you to say all the medications you’re taking including any herbal supplements and over the counter medications. The doctor will want to know if you are taking anything that might make it hard for your blood to clot.

During the vertebroplasty procedure, the physician:

  • Will give you medicine to sedate your or a general anesthesia
  • “Uses a continuous X-ray to guide the needle into the fractured vertebra, with your body protected from the radiation”
  • Injects cement into the vertebra

After the medical procedure, you’ll lie on your back for an hour so the cement can harden. You’ll be observed for another hour or two. Pain relief may be immediate or may take up to three days. The doctor will follow up with you to assess how well the procedure worked.

Disclaimer

The information is for educational purposes only. Please make an appointment so we can formally review your medical condition.

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