Vertebral compression fractures in the spine
Am I a Candidate for Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty?
- Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are performed when the patient is elderly or frail and has suffered a fracture with impaired healing
- The patient has vertebral compression due to a malignant tumor
- The patient suffers from complications due to osteoporos
HOW DOES VERTEBROPLASTY AND KYPHOPLASTY WORK?
Using fluoroscopy as image guidance, our Interventional Radiologist will locate the area of the vertebral fracture. The patient will be given a mild sedative and local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the procedure will be performed. The Radiologist will make a small knick in the skin and guide a hollow needle, in the case of Vertebroplasty, into the fractured vertebrae and inject orthopedic cement into the fractured area. When Kyphoplasty is performed, a balloon is first threaded through the needle and used to expand the fractured area to create space for the cement. Once the area is expanded, the balloon is removed and the cement is injected into the open space. The cement will harden in approximately 20 minutes and will keep the vertebrae from compressing again. The procedure takes just about 1 hour and no hospitalization is required.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
One of our Interventional Radiologists will interpret your results and advise you whether the procedure was a success. During a follow-up visit, your physician may discuss any additional treatment you may need or if you experience any side effects of the procedure.