Vertebroplasty is a procedure that is performed to effectively treat issues of compression fractures within the spine. During this treatment, acrylic bone cement is injected into the fracture as a way to diminish pain and support the fracture. Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, and the bone cement works by filling in the fractured area of the bone to stabilize it. At Tricity Pain Associates, our team of pain management specialists performs vertebroplasty procedures to help alleviate the severe pain associated with a spinal compression fracture. It is important that the fracture is treated promptly and effectively in order to maintain the health of your spine and prevent a curvature or humped spine from developing. Contact one of our Texas pain management facilities in order to learn more about this advanced treatment and to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled experts.
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There are several reasons for a spinal compression fracture to occur, the most common being osteoporosis. However, they may also develop due to an injury or trauma, a metastatic tumor, multiple myeloma, or a vertebral hemangioma. When a spinal compression fracture is causing severe pain or is not secure, a vertebroplasty procedure may be necessary. Though the fracture can sometimes recover without intervention, it could lead to an abnormality in the spine and can impair your posture. Prior to recommending any form of treatment, our team of pain management specialists will conduct a series of digital imaging tests to properly diagnose your condition and create an accurate procedure plan.
Most commonly conducted as an outpatient procedure, vertebroplasty may be performed with the use of a local or general anesthetic. Utilizing an x-ray monitor, the needle will be correctly guided into the fractured area before the bone cement is carefully injected. Depending on the patient and the severity of the fracture, multiple injections may be needed to properly stabilize the area. After the procedure is complete, it may be recommended for the patient to lie on their back for some time in order to allow the cement to fill the vertebrae and properly harden. Additional monitoring may also be necessary for some time after the treatment to ensure the best possible result and ideal recovery.
What to Expect
Following a vertebroplasty procedure, you may need to stay on bed rest for at least one full day. The injection site could become sore, and you may need to ice the area or take some over-the-counter pain medication. It typically takes around 48 hours for pain relief to begin from the vertebroplasty procedure, and a follow-up appointment may be necessary to examine the effectiveness of the treatment.
Spinal Fracture Relief
A spinal compression fracture is not only painful, but it can also have long-term effects if not properly treated. With a vertebroplasty procedure, the fracture can be effectively stabilized and pain can be alleviated. To learn more about this innovative procedure, contact one of our Texas pain management facilities to set up your initial consultation.