Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty is a procedure in which a special cement is injected into a fractured vertebra — with the goal of relieving your spinal pain and restoring your mobility. Not all people with fractured vertebrae are candidates for the procedure, however.

Some studies also suggest that vertebroplasty provides little benefit over a more conservative approach, which can include:

Patients should talk with their doctor about vertebroplasty’s risks and benefits. Some doctors may recommend the procedure if:


Vertebroplasty Risks

Vertebroplasty is generally well tolerated, with complications usually minor and occurring at a rate of 1 percent to 3 percent. But patients can face risks such as: Hemorrhaging, blood loss, Fractures of ribs or other nearby bones, fever, nerve root irritation, infection and cement flowing outside of the bone before it hardens.

Vertebroplasty can worsen the pain for a few hours while the cement cures, but that rarely happens and does not last long. You may face other risks depending on your specific condition, so talk to your doctor beforehand about any concerns.

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