Vertebroplasty is a procedure in which a special medical-grade cement mixture is injected into a fractured vertebra. The vertebrae are the small bones that make up the spine. When they become fractured, you will often experience pain and a loss of mobility. When vertebroplasty is successful, the cement mixture injection stabilizes the vertebra and allows you to return to normal activity after a recovery period.
These are the typical steps in a vertebroplasty procedure
- Wear a medical gown.
- The procedure usually takes place in operation theater
- Depending on your needs, the doctor will give you sedation medication to relax you and keep you calm during the procedure.
- If you are in severe pain, general anesthesia may be required.
- We will use a continuous X-ray to guide the needle into your body to perform the procedure.
- We injects the needle into the fractured bone.
- We slowly injects the cement mixture into the vertebra.
- Depending on how the cement enters the vertebra, a second injection might be needed to completely fill it.
After the procedure, you will be probably lie flat on your back for 1 hour while the cement hardens.