What is vertebroplasty (Bone Cement Reinforcement)?
Vertebroplasty, also known as bone cement reinforcement, is a procedure of stabilizing fractured vertebrae with bone cement. A doctor inserts a needle into the fractured spinal bone while monitoring the site with a fluoroscope. Once the needle is at the correct spot, the doctor slowly injects bone cement into the affected site. The bone cement takes about 15 minutes to set, and the procedure completes. A patient can wear a brace and walk immediately after the vertebroplasty.
Characteristics of vertebroplasty
• Strengthens the spinal bone and prevents further bone fracture
• The procedure takes about 20 minutes with a simple local anesthesia
• Short hospital stay for up to 2 days
• Back pain disappears immediately after the treatment
• Minimal side effects
Spine Compression Fracture
Spine Filled with Bone Cement