What is vertebroplasty?
Vertebroplasty is a minimally-invasive technique used to stabilize painful compression fractures of a vertebra. The procedure provides relief for painful thoracic and lumbar spine fractures. Although most vertebral fractures heal on their own and the pain subsides after a few weeks, some fractures fail to heal well and remain painful for a long period of time. Vertebroplasty helps accelerate the healing.
- People who have a vertebral fracture that is still painful after several weeks
- Patients with severe pain requiring hospitalization
- Patients who do not tolerate narcotic pain relievers
- People at risk for pneumonia, deep venous thrombosis and other illnesses due to limitations in activity
- Patients with vertebral fractures resulting from benign and malignant tumors