Vertebroplasty is an non-surgical, minimally invasive therapy used to strengthen a broken vertebra (spinal bone) that has been weakened by a compression fracture due to spinal collapse. More common in older patients, spinal collapse can be caused by osteoporosis, spinal tumor or trauma. Vertebroplasty is usually successful at alleviating the pain caused by the fracture (or fractures), and is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure can increase a patient’s functional abilities, allow a return to the previous level of activity, and prevent further vertebral collapse.
A procedure now available at Preferred Pain Management, Dr. Spivey performs vertebroplasty in his office by injecting an orthopedic cement mixture through a needle into the fractured bone. It is highly effective because the cement fills the spaces and strengthens the bone so it is less likely to fracture again. Stabilizing the bones also helps provide pain relief. Many patients begin to regain mobility within 24 hours and are usually able to reduce, or even eliminate, their pain medication.
If you think you are a candidate for vertebroplasty, please contact our office for a consultation.