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vertebral augmentaion

Vertebral Augmentation for Compression Fractures

Vertebral Body Augmentation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for relieving pain due to Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF) due to osteoporosis or benign or malignant lesions. Unlike vertebroplasty, vertebral body augmentation includes a mechanical device to create a cavity within the vertebral body prior to injecting cement.

Are you a candidate? If you have compression fractures that  are a result from osteoporosis or a tumor, then a doctor may perform various tests to determine if there is a fracture that will benefit from a vertebral augmentation procedure. The tests may include x-rays, MRI and/or bone scans.

What happens during the procedure?

  1. Patient lays face down on a table and is given medications to provide mild sedation.
  2. The skin and tissues are numbers and under x-ray imaging, one or two needles are passed carefully into the fractures vertebral body.
  3. Once the needles are in the correct position, a balloon or other instrument is used to create a cavity in the vertebral body and is then removed.
  4. After the cavity is created, cement is mixed and injected into the cavity during constant x-ray monitoring.
  5. When the cavity is filled, the needle is removed.

After the procedure? Patient can test their mobility. Sometimes an overnight stay is required but many patients go home the same day. patients will generally see a significant pain relief within the first 1-2 days following the vertebral augmentation procedure.

To learn more about this procedure, please visit the Vertebral Body Balloon System

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