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Vertebroplasty is done to relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine.
The doctor will make a small cut (incision) in your back and insert a needle. They'll use a type of X-ray, called fluoroscopy, to guide the needle into the fractured vertebra. 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. Most people can go back to normal activities within a few weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Adaptation Date: 5/4/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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