Vertebroplasty (say "VER-tuh-broh-plas-tee") is done to relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine.
The doctor will make a small cut in your back and insert a hollow needle or tube. When the needle is in place, the doctor injects a type of cement into the vertebra. The entire procedure can take 1 to 2 hours. The cement mixture will get hard in about half an hour.
You will likely go home the same day. You may take some pain medicine for a few days.
How Well It Works
Experts looked at a large group of studies of vertebroplasty. They found that there is no strong evidence vertebroplasty is better than non-surgical treatment, such as pain medicine, rest, and exercise. These experts do not recommend vertebroplasty.footnote 1
Medical Review:Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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