Vertebroplasty is a procedure typically used to treat individuals with a fractured vertebra. During the procedure, a special cement is injected into the affected vertebra with the intention of relieving pain, enhancing mobility, and stabilizing the fracture. Vertebroplasty is considered a minimally invasive procedure because it is performed through a small puncture rather than a large incision. Not all people with fractured vertebrae are good candidates for vertebroplasty and whether or not this procedure is right for you will depend on the specifics of your situation.
If you are struggling with fractured vertebrae, vertebroplasty may be a viable option for treatment. Contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic branch to determine if this procedure is right for you.
Before a vertebroplasty procedure, your doctor will take advanced images and perform a physical exam to identify the exact location and significance of your affected vertebra. During the procedure, you will be given some kind of sedative medication or general anesthesia to help you relax. The doctor will then give you an X-ray device to guide the needle into the affected area. Once the fractured vertebra is identified, the doctor will slowly inject cement into the vertebra.
Post-procedure, you will probably have to lie on your back for at least an hour while the cement hardens. Some people will experience relief immediately following the procedure. However, it can take up to 72 hours for the effects to kick in.
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If you are wondering if vertebroplasty is a possible treatment for your pain, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure. Typically, some of the conditions that make a patient a good candidate for vertebroplasty include:
These are just a couple of common conditions that may make someone a good candidate for vertebroplasty. The best way to determine whether or not vertebroplasty is right for you is to consult a skilled spine specialist.
Like any medical procedure, vertebroplasty has some risks. While experiencing any complications is rare, some of the possible side effects of the procedure include:
These are a couple of the potential side effects of vertebroplasty. The best way to determine if vertebroplasty is right for you is to consult a skilled spine specialist.
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If you are experiencing back pain due to a fractured vertebra, vertebroplasty may be a viable option for treating your pain. Scheduling an appointment with a skilled spine specialist is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, our surgeons offer expert diagnoses and tailored treatment plans. Our experienced and board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic specialists work together to treat spine and back disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Our doctors understand that every person is unique and requires a personalized treatment plan.
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