Vertebroplasty is a medical procedure that involves injecting a special cement-like substance into a damaged vertebra in the spine. The procedure is typically performed to treat vertebral fractures, which can occur due to osteoporosis, trauma, or other conditions that weaken the bones of the spine.
Vertebral fractures can cause severe pain and discomfort, as well as decreased mobility and quality of life. Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide rapid relief from these symptoms. It is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require a long hospital stay.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the skin to access the damaged vertebra. A special needle is then inserted into the vertebra and the cement-like substance is injected. The cement hardens quickly, providing structural support to the vertebra and relieving pain.
Vertebroplasty has a high success rate and is generally considered a safe procedure. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. These may include infection, bleeding, or allergic reactions to the cement.
There are several alternatives to vertebroplasty, including kyphoplasty and spinal fusion surgery. These procedures may be recommended depending on the specific needs of the patient and the severity of the vertebral fracture.
Overall, vertebroplasty is a useful treatment option for patients with vertebral fractures who are seeking relief from pain and discomfort. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide rapid relief and improve quality of life. If you are considering vertebroplasty, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider to determine if it is the right option for you.
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