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After vertebroplasty to relieve pain from compression fractures, you may feel sore where the needle went into your back. The soreness should go away in a few days.
You likely will go home the same day. You may take some pain medicine for a couple of days.
Most people are able to return to their daily activities within a few weeks after the procedure.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or Health Link at 811 or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or Health Link at 811 if:
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Adaptation Date: 2/25/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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