Vertebroplasty is an outpatient procedure. Under the guidance of an X-ray for proper placement, a biopsy needle is inserted into the fractured vertebra. The biopsy needle is used to inject a quick drying, acrylic cement into the vertebra providing strength and stabilization. There is only a small skin puncture made by a hollow needle, which is covered by a small bandage following the procedure. To provide comfort during the procedure, patients are given local anesthesia and light sedation.
Kyphoplasty is very similar to Vertebroplasty. Under the guidance of an X-ray a needle is inserted into the fractured vertebra however a balloon is then placed through the needle into the bone. The balloon is inflated with bone cement. This procedure is most successful when done on a compression fracture(s) that has occurred within the previous three months.
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