Patients experiencing pain from a fractured vertebra may be recommended for vertebroplasty. During the vertebroplasty procedure, the surgeon inserts a medical cement mixture into the osteoporotic or fractured vertebra in order to increase stability and diminish neck or back pain. The purpose of this procedure is to strengthen the stability and mobility of the vertebra, while alleviating chronic pain.

The procedure

During this procedure, the patient is under sedation and placed face down on the operating table. The surgeon then makes a small incision, inserting the needle containing the medical cement mixture. Once the needle is in place, the surgeon will inject the mixture into the fractured vertebra. The cement mixture is fast-setting, and typically dries within 1 to 2 hours. Similar to a kyphoplasty, this procedure is completed minimally invasively through the use of a needle.

Though vertebroplasty is proven to assist some patients suffering from fractured vertebrae, it is important to understand that not all patients with these conditions will require vertebroplasty.

Laser Spine Institute use

Vertebroplasty is used by Laser Spine Institute in conjunction with other procedures when deemed necessary by the surgeon. Often, patients experiencing this type of pain may find relief from conservative treatments, and it is recommended that patients exhaust those treatments before considering any type of surgery.

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