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Procedure type


Vertebroplasty is a relatively new, minimally-invasive procedure performed by Spineworks dedicated Neuroradiologist.

A percutaneous procedure refers to one done through a small incision in the skin. Vertebroplasty is a technique to strengthen and repair the weakened bone of the vertebrae.

Vertebroplasty has been shown to:

  • Significantly reduce or eliminate pain in up to 90% of patients
  • Prevent old compression fractures from further collapse
  • Have a short recovery time
  • Reduce spinal deformity
  • Stop the “downward spiral” of untreated osteoporosis
  • Provide the patient with an early return to daily activities
  • Be cost effective

Vertebroplasty is for Patients with Vertebral Compression Fractures caused by:

  • Primary Osteoporosis
  • Secondary Osteoporosis
  • Vertebral fracture due to benign and malignant tumors
  • Fractures occurring in patients that take high doses of steroids

What happens during the procedure?

You will receive an injection of cement into an osteoporotic or pathological fracture under CT or x-ray control.

How does it work?

It works by gluing together the fracture fragments and reducing the pain from them.

How long does it take?

It takes 30 to 60 minutes.

What are the risks?

The risks are infection, cement embolus when a piece of cement can travel from the injection site in a blood vessel, neurological injury, failure to relieve symptoms etc


Dr Declan Johnson

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