Vertebroplasty for spine fracture and osteoporosis

Do we have any non-surgical procedure to fix spine fracture?

Vertebroplasty or targeted cementoplasty is one of the most advanced procedure for immediate and significant pain relief in patients with spine fracture compression fracture due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become porous and fragile and lead to fracture with even minor trauma or jerk.

How complicated is this vertebroplasty procedure for compression fracture of the spine?

The procedure is very safe in experienced hands. There are costly options available but they have not proved to be more safer than vertebroplasty.

This procedure is done in Local anaesthesia, so we can even avoid the effects of general anesthesia and patient can be discharged same day.

IPSC India is pioneer in performing this procedure.

What are the advantages compared to Surgical Fixation?

Vertebroplasty has several advantages:

  • Do not require general anaesthesia.
  • No need to open spine.
  • No need to put rods and screws.
  • No need of prolonged hospitalization.
  • All these reduces the risk of complications.

Can we use vertebroplasty for old age and osteoporotic spine?

Yes! Percutaneous vertebroplasty can be performed in spinal vertebrae that are not suitable for surgical fixation, for instance, because of osteoporosis or because general anaesthesia may not be advised in patients who are very sick.

This procedure can also be performed in spine fractures due to spinal metastasis. Some cancers at some stages of cancer, spread to other areas like spine.  These spinal pathologies are very painful and at times lead to fracture of spine.

How this procedure is performed?

The beauty of this procedure is its simplicity. “A small needle is advanced into the fracture using only local anaesthetic followed by the placement of bone cement into the fractured area. The cement hardens in about 10-15 minutes and remarkably the pain is gone.”

“After performing good number of vertebroplasties, I can confirm that this is one of the most significant procedures for the treatment for vertebral compression fractures,”



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