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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. The doctor guides the needle to the fractured area using fluoroscopy. This is a kind of X-ray. When the needle is in place, the doctor injects a type of cement into the vertebra. The injection takes only about 10 minutes. But 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.
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 or nurse call line 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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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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