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What Is Vertebroplasty?

Aside from offering professional diagnostic radiology services, Via Radiology also provides interventional services, including vertebroplasty. Vertebroplasty is a nonsurgical spinal procedure that is used to treat back pain caused by vertebral compression fractures.

What Is It?

Percutaneous vertebroplasty, commonly shortened to vertebroplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure was developed to treat patients whose vertebrae have become weak from diseases impacting the spine, such as osteoporosis or bone tumors. This vertebral weakness in turn causes individual vertebra to collapse or fracture when a person engages in everyday life activities, leading to severe pain, restriction in movement and a diminished quality of life.

During vertebroplasty, a local anesthetic is used and a certified interventional radiologist administers a small amount of bone cement through a small incision in the skin to stabilize and strengthen the collapsed vertebra. The practitioner uses an x-ray to guide the insertion of a needle into the affected vertebra and then the cement injection into the fractured bone. The idea is to not only relieve pain, but also to hopefully keep the vertebrae from collapsing further.

What Happens After Vertebroplasty?

Upon injection, the bone cement hardens quickly and the patient remains under observation for a few hours. Patients typically experience a significant reduction in their back pain.

Seattle Diagnostic Imaging Services

Via Radiology provides Seattle radiology and diagnostic imaging procedures including mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scan exams. Looking for more information? Contact us online or call 206-306-1011.

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