This minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure is
used to treat a compression fracture of the
vertebra, an injury that commonly results from
osteoporosis. This technique can restore the height
of the vertebra and stabilize the fracture, providing
rapid pain relief.
After the patient has been positioned and
anesthesia administered, the surgeon inserts a
guide wire or needle through the skin of the back.
Using fluoroscopic guidance, the surgeon pushes
the wire down to the target vertebra. A dilator is
pushed over the wire to create a working channel to
The surgeon pushes an instrument through the
working channel and into the collapsed vertebra.
The instrument is used to create a cavity in the
body of the vertebra. The cavity is filled with bone
cement which rapidly cures and thus stabilizes the
The instruments are removed, and the patient is
monitored in a recovery room. In many cases, pain
relief is immediate, and the patient can return home
within a few hours of the procedure.
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This minimally-invasive procedure repairs a
vertebral compression fracture. It helps restore the
spine's natural shape. Some patients experience
rapid pain relief after the procedure.
Before the procedure, you are anesthetized. The
physician guides a needle through the skin of your
back and into your fractured vertebra. A special
x-ray device called a "fluoroscope" helps the
physician position the needle.
A balloon device is placed through the needle and
into the vertebral body. The physician carefully
inflates this balloon to expand the fractured bone.
When the balloon is deflated, it leaves a cavity in
the middle of the vertebral body. The balloon is
removed. For some patients, more than one needle
and balloon may be used.
The physician injects bone cement through the
needle. This cement fills the cavity. It hardens
inside the vertebral body, stabilizing the fracture.
When the procedure is complete, the needle is
removed. The opening in your skin is closed. Your
doctor will give you instructions to aid your
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