Vertebroplasty


You may think of a broken back as a severe injury caused by significant trauma, but many spinal fractures are very small and occur without incident. Many people don’t even realize a spinal fracture has occurred, especially when it results from a weakening bone condition such as osteoporosis.

This year, more than 250,000 people will be diagnosed with a spinal fracture. The first course of treatment is usually rest, possibly a back brace, and pain medication, but if that doesn’t help heal the fracture, talk to your physician about Vertebroplasty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty Procedure

During the Vertebroplasty procedure, a physician uses x-ray technology to place a needle through the skin and into the fractured vertebra. Prior to the injection of bone cement, removable balloons on instruments may be used to create a cavity in the bone. Using x-ray guidance, bone cement and possibly a stent may be placed to help stabilize the fractured vertebra. The bone cement hardens within a few minutes and reinforces the spine.

Injection of bone cement is referred to as vertebroplasty. While a balloon used in the procedure is called Kyphoplasty. Jefferson Surgical Interventional Center offers Vertebroplasty and Vertebral Augmentation here in Roanoke, Virginia at 4437 Starkey Road.

Benefits of Vertebroplasty

For most patients, Vertebroplasty provides immediate relief from the pain and mobility limitations a spinal fracture can cause.

Vertebroplasty also serves to reinforce the spine at the point of the fracture, making it stronger, and can even restore full posture after multiple fractures.

Risk of Vertebroplasty

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with Vertebroplasty, the most common of which are infection and bleeding.

In rare cases, the bone cement can leak from the injection site and cause temporary or permanent nerve damage. In extremely rare cases, leaking bone cement can cause pulmonary distress.

Our team practices extreme caution to minimize the risks associated with Vertebroplasty and Vertebral Augmentation. Our patients have enjoyed rapid relief from pain and have been able to return to their normal routines in just a few weeks.

When is Vertebroplasty right for you?
The first course of treatment for a spinal fracture typically includes rest and possibly wearing of a back brace for about a month, but if you’re still experiencing pain or mobility limitations, it’s time to talk to your physician about Vertebroplasty.