Vertebral Augmentation


Spinal fractures are surprisingly common and can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma and osteoporosis. Fractures cause the bones to compress and collapse, resulting in compromised posture and pain.

If you have a spinal fracture, your physician may recommend augmentation to stabilize your spine and provide pain relief. Augmentation is usually recommended when conservative treatment options have failed to provide pain relief.

Jefferson Surgical Interventional Center physicians perform augmentation right here in the Roanoke Valley so you can get relief close to home.

Vertebral Augmentation Procedure

The doctor uses an x-ray to guide the insertion of a needle followed by a balloon into the affected vertebra or vertebras to create a cavity and fills that cavity with bone cement. The bone cement reinforces the vertebra and stabilizes the spine. Most patients who have Vertebral Augmentation experience immediate pain relief.

Vertebral Augmentation Risks

There are some risks to the Vertebral Augmentation procedure, including:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Temporary or permanent nerve damage
  • Allergic reaction

The biggest risk during the procedure is the leakage of the bone cement into the veins around the spine, which can cause respiratory distress.

The Jefferson Surgical Interventional Center in Roanoke Valley, Virginia takes extra precaution to minimize all the risks associated with Vertebral Augmentation, and our patients have experienced excellent post-procedure results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need Vertebral Augmentation?
You have a spinal fracture.
How do I prepare for Vertebral Augmentation?
What happens before Vertebral Augmentation?
What happens during the Vertebral Augmentation?
What happens after Vertebral Augmentation?

The Interventional Center

4437 Starkey Road SW, Suite A
Roanoke, VA 24018

Phone: (540) 283-3881