During vertebroplasty, bone cement is injected into the intervertebral disc space to relieve pain.
Also Known As:
- Back surgery
- Spine surgery
- Percutaneous vertebroplasty
Conditions Treated with Vertebroplasty:
Vertebroplasty is utilized in order to treat recent compression fractures, spine trauma and vertebral osteonecrosis. It is also used to treat pain caused by multiple myeloma, vertebral hemangioma and metastasized cancer.
Non-surgical alternatives to vertebroplasty include physical therapy, pain medication, steroid injections, back bracing and bed rest. Kyphoplasty is a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Vertebroplasty:
Vertebroplasty is performed with a local anesthetic and sedation.
Potential Complications from Vertebroplasty:
Possible risks following vertebroplasty include nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthetic.
Prognosis after Vertebroplasty:
The prognosis for a positive end result following vertebroplasty is good. Pain relief is achieved for 75 to 90% of patients.
Recovery from Vertebroplasty:
The total recovery time from vertebroplasty is one to two days.