Heal your spine fractures with vertebroplasty

Overview

Vertebroplasty is a surgical treatment the objective of vertebroplasty is to fix spinal fractures and injuries and
to relieve the pain caused by fractures
Vetebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure as the procedure is done by small punctures in the patient’s
skin as compared to an open cut. The classic vertebroplasty procedure, usually takes an hour to complete is
discussed below,

Procedure
 The patient is given local anesthesia and light, calmness, the candidate is dressed in an X-ray suite in
an operating room as the case may be.
 A biopsy needle is introduced into the broken spine under the X-Ray guidance through a small hole in
the patient’s skin
 Specifically prepared acrylic cement is injected into the fractured bone with pressure to fill up the
space caused by the fracture in the bone in order to create a cast or cover in the vertebral column to
stabilize the bone
 The needle is removed, and the cement hardens as quickly as in 10 minutes, thickening the parts of the
broken spine
 The small punctures in the skin are covered with the bandage
Soon after the cement is hardened, the patient is allowed to leave the clinic and can go home. However,
patients are usually advised not drive home by their own on the day of the procedure, if they had to travel a
long distance they need to lodge nearby

Recovery from Vertebroplasty

For the initial 24 hours after the vertebroplasty procedure, you are advised for a complete bed rest, constantly
the activities can be resumed and regular medications can be taken, for a few days the patient might
experience moderated swelling at the injection site but it can be treated with an ice pack

The patients sustaining vertebroplasty experience 90 percent relief in pain within 24 to 48 hours and boost their
ability to perform routinely tasks. Vertebroplasty can be helpful in reducing pain and stabilizing fractures up to
almost 3 years

Potential Risks and Complications

However, the risks are observed in rare cases, but the complications may include infections, bleeding,
numbness and tingling, increased pain and paralysis
Other risks include cement ejection in the spinal canal causing nerve roots confining, blood clots in the veins
and clots in the lungs

Candidates for Vertebroplasty

Candidates who are suitable for vertebroplasty are those with agonizing and non curative spinal fracture the
candidates can be of any age. Mostly the fractures occur due to osteoporosis, but some how fractures caused by
tumors can also be treated with vertebroplasty