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Vertebroplasty

Last Updated Wednesday, December 01, 2010 12:32:40 PM


Vertebroplasty is a procedure that treats compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, as well as compression fractures caused by bone cancer or bone metastasis.

Vertebroplasty is an outpatient procedure using X-ray imaging and conscious sedation. The interventional radiologist inserts a needle, about the size of a cocktail straw, through a nick in the skin in the back. It is directed using a continuous moving X-ray image into the fractured vertebra. The physician then injects a medical-grade bone cement into the vertebra. Vertebroplasty takes from one to two hours to perform depending on how many bones are treated. The cement hardens within 15 minutes and stabilizes the fracture, like an internal cast.

Some patients experience immediate pain relief after vertebroplasty. Most report that their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours. Many people can resume their normal daily activities immediately.

Vertebroplasty treatment should be discussed with your primary care physician who can advise you on the best treatment option based on your individual circumstances.

For a free physician referral, please call the El Camino Hospital Health Line at 800-216-5556.

 

Location

Vertoblasty
El Camino Hospital -- Mountain View
2500 Grant Road
Mountain View, CA 94040

Phone: 650-940-7050

For a free physician referral, please call the El Camino Hospital Health Line at 800-216-5556.