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.

About Vertebroplasty

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.

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