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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. When the needle is in place, the doctor injects a type of cement into the vertebra. The entire procedure can take about an hour. 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.
Experts don't all agree about how well vertebroplasty works. There is no strong evidence that vertebroplasty is better than non-surgical treatment, such as pain medicine, rest, and exercise. If non-surgical treatment doesn't help, vertebroplasty may be an option for some people.
Some possible problems from vertebroplasty include:
Problems are more common when more than one vertebra is treated at the same time.
Talk to your doctor about how this surgery compares with other treatments you might have.
Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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